'Before and After – Small Changes which Make a Huge Difference'
Text Based Learning
At the end of last week’s sidrah (Bereishit), we read of G-d’s 'despair' at mankind’s wickedness… "G-d saw that the wickedness of mankind was great upon the earth and that every impulse of the thoughts of his heart was always only evil" (Bereishit 6:5)
Our relationship to Shabbat involves both effort and enjoyment. As a general guideline, the more effort one puts in to preparing for and keeping Shabbat, the more enjoyment one gets out of it. I would like to focus in on a specific aspect of this principle. Let me start with a question about a verse from today's sidrah that is quoted in the Friday night kiddush: