for 1 day only…

Things have been a bit crazy recently. I must admit, my body’s immune system is kicking ass. I have been on the verge of being sick for about a week now and yet, besides a bit of overnight congestion, the symptoms remain at bay. I figure its only a matter of time before it catches up with me, but I only have about 11 hours till I get my 24 hours of rest. I think a move towards keeping the Sabbath holy has ultimately been my saving grace. Because it means for 1 day only, my only responsibility is to rest and study torah. Aaron and I have made a lot of changes in our lives in the past few weeks. We no longer have the TV on during the Sabbath. I don’ use my computer, or study, or work. We don’t drive anywhere, except to and from the synagogue or people’s homes for lunch/dinner. We don’t spend money on the shabbas. And I have gone to services every week for the past month. Aaron and I read from the torah together each Saturday. and he teaches me about historical context and theology of the passage we read. And I am helping him re-learn how to read hebrew (technically I taught him once about 3 years ago but we didn’t really pursue it or practice it). We asked for the Hebrew Rosetta Stone package for Hanukkah from my parents. I really hope they get it for us. I’m nervous because my mother made no indication that she thought it was a good idea… but I would LOVE to learn hebrew. not only to feel more comfortable with the prayers but so that someday, when we have a family, we can speak hebrew in the home. We light candles each friday night, and have a glass of wine. I make challah every friday and we always eat dinner together. Its really been a nice change of pace. Although, to be honest, it does make friday mornings and sundays far more stressful since I have to accomplish a lot more in order to truly take a day off of life. but it’s been nice. a nice adjustment. and I am really looking forward to sundown tonight, though I have a lot to get done before then…