Chaggai, asked Bina, why did
Hashem call the seventh day Shabbos? Doesnt Shabbos mean that He rested? Was Gd tired after He created the world?
Of course not! said Benny indignantly. Hashem is never tired! Besides, He didnt have to do any work. He created the world by speaking. He commanded things to be, and then they were!
Chaggai fluffed up his feathers and thought for a moment.
Shabbos doesnt just mean He rested, Bina; it
means He stopped. As soon as the world was complete, Gd stopped creating. Of course He wasnt tired. Gd doesnt get tired, but
we do! All week long were busy working and doing and making
things. Hashem created Shabbos for us, not for Himself. He gave us one
day when we stop all of our weekday activities and become kings and queens. It is the day when we are completely free to think about Hashem, Who created the world, and to serve Him. And on that day He gives us an extra neshamah
-- an extra soul to help bring us closer to Him and His Torah.
In fact, Shabbos is so important that
it is considered equal to all of the other mitzvos combined. The Torah teaches us that whenever a Jew keeps Shabbos, it is as though he is keeping the entire Torah!
That must be why Shabbos is mentioned in the Torah so many times! said Bina.
Shabbos comes to remind us of two very important things ...
It reminds us that it was Gd Who
created the World.
Shabbos is also
ZECHER LITZIAS MITZRAYIM
It reminds us that Gd took us out of
slaveryin the land of Egypt.
In the Book of Shemos the Torah tells us:
Remember the Shabbos day to keep it holy ...
In the Book of Devarim the Torah says:
Observe the Shabbos day to keep it holy ...
Remember it and observe it ...
Whats the difference between Zachor/
Remembering and Shamor/Observing? asked Benny.
Zachor teaches us all of the YES commandments, all
the things we must do on Shabbos, answered Chaggai.