Something bothered the sages of Israel when they read Exodus 20:8. The verse does not simply say “Remember the Sabbath,” indicating the need to set apart the Sabbath at its outset on Friday evening, but it says, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” Certainly if the night of the Sabbath is to be sanctified, then how much more so the daytime! Thus, they instituted a custom of brief Kiddush blessing along with the daytime Sabbath meal called Kiddusha Rabba: “the great sanctification.”
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Selected Writings of Rabbi Isaac Lichtenstein
Rabbi Isaac Lichtenstein (1825-1908), serving as a district rabbi in Hungary, had an encounter with the Gospel that changed his life. He became an outspoken disciple of Yeshua, but remained faithful to Torah. The Everlasting Jew is a new collation of his inspiring writings.
God gave the Sabbath as a sanctuary from the constant rush and hurry of the week. He desires for us to maintain an active relationship with him and to stay firmly rooted in his ways. Unfortunately, the materialistic focus of our culture pulls us in the exact opposite direction.