Shabat is coming: What the rabbi said

Maybe you’ve heard this story.

A man overwhelmed by a spike in his workload sought out his rabbi. He didn’t know what to do. His spirits were sagging. He was hoping for some kind of solace, some kind of insight from his spiritual mentor.

“Work harder,” the rabbi said. 

I imagine the conversation in this context, in the context of a Jew who observes shabat. 

Shabat is a day of rest and renewal. A day of connection, with family and friends and your Source. 

Jews invented the weekend, as far as I can tell. By codifying a day where no work could be done. As we know from modern-day work studies, those who work the most lose their effectiveness. Those who take breaks gain in efficiencies and energy.

I Imagine the rabbi’s advice in this context. Dive in. Do the work! 

Then do the shabat. (!) 

If you know your rest is coming, if you know your connection time is coming, you can even relish the work. And in the relishing prodigious energies are unleashed, shortcuts are discovered. And at the end of the week there is the sweet respite of shabat. Take it.

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