Sunrise . . .
There is a joy of waking up to the sun rising and welcoming the day, its sacredness and holiness. Shabbat Shalom! We awaken to create a world of Godliness.
Judge not those of us who choose to honor Shabbat . . . for, one day the whole world will bow the knee.
Qolasiym (Colossians) 2:16-17
YesheYahu (Isaiah) 66:23
There are prayers that I have found to aid me in being fully present, to begin my morning. The challenge is always the world, ‘knocking at my door’, fighting for my attention. I have been weak, and many times I have been strong. (It can become a frustration if we are not able to discern in spirit what warrants our attention.) It requires us to educate people on how to treat us. When we respect and honor Shabbat, this timing in our lives, and make it first and foremost, others will learn to respect our time, as well.
Tehellim (Psalms) 77:12-14
Tehellim (Psalms) 145:1-21
Tehellim (Psalms) 149:1-9
Tehellim (Psalms) 150:6
There are seven Hebrew words for praise, and during Shabbat there is chance to express them all:
- Halal (Praise is seen)/Hallel (Praise is heard)/Celebration
- Gadol (Big/Great) Loud Clapping
- Yodah (Lifting the arms) Surrender, Confession
- Todah (Thanksgiving) Thankfulness, Sacrificial
- Zamar (Instrumental/Singing) Making music, Musicians
- Tehillah (Complete pouring out of ones-self)
- Sabah (Affectionate/Soothing) Calming the storms within us
Parashah (Portion), Parasha ha-Shavua (Torah Portion of the Week)
The wealth of Shabbat is spent in learning and studying together.
It is the responsibility of the man to lead (and grow). The woman teaches, as well, so importantly, the women and the children. She also sets the stage, the environment for a sanctified home. It is important for both the man and woman to study, to work on themselves and to develop. If the man develops himself in a worthy way, the woman will happily respect him and be with him. If he doesn’t, she will be against him.
Through Torah study a man shows leadership, strength, and the ability to make decisions. It is a beautiful thing when a man walks the path of leadership, and if he doesn’t know how, support and encourage him. Now, if he doesn’t have the heart or desire to . . . seek YAH.
While I, personally, do not honor the Talmud and mainstream Judaism, you will find organized messianic worship, a congregation will follow this basic system of teaching:
Eikev-Parsha (Weekly Torah). Usually deals with a single topic and includes . . . Nevi’im (Prophets) former and latter, and Ketuvim (Writings)
Haftarah (Reading from the Prophets)
Brit Chadashah (Reading from the New Testament)
Aliyot (Public reading portion)
Oneg (Joy/Delight), or Oneg Shabbat (Sabbath Delight)
After prayer and studying, usually from sunrise to late afternoon (3pm-ish), there is a time of fellowship, sharing, and eating together. (Ah the food! It is so beautiful when everyone brings a ‘favorite’ to share.)
Some of my most memorable times with mishpachah were spent in Las Cruces, New Mexico at Betty and Tony’s home. They owned a pecan farm and their house was a renovated barn that sat (literally) right on the banks of the Rio Grand, right next to a glorious, chiseled mountain and the border of Mexico. In awe of desert, open skies, and in-your-face, ‘surround-sound’ beauty (and a glorious spiritual family to share it with!) the delight of Shabbat is always in the midst . . . even unto this day.
Open Study (Commentary/Discussion/Questions)
After Oneg, I eagerly return to the studies in a more relaxed and open forum. It is a time to relax and linger in Yah’s truth. When I’m studying with others, we are usually seated in a circle or squared to where we are all facing one another. It is a wonderful time of study, sharing, and growth. Often times we get lost in the learning, not realizing the sun is already making its descent. (What?! We have to stop–already?)
And then . . . you feel it waning. The sun has its rising . . . and it has its setting. We become quiet, too. There is a sweetness of the beautiful time shared, all things learned, burdens being lifted . . . enlightenment. And then, there too is a sadness, knowing one must return to the ways (and the ‘noise’) of the world.
But this is the time to prepare . . . As the light of the sun slips away and slowly folds into darkness . . . you feel the separation of holy into . . . the ordinary, once again. I fall into solemn praise of soothing dance. (Below, I have listed the blessings, thanksgivings, and memorials done before Yah as Shabbat comes to an end. These rituals serve as a reminder of the ‘Provisions of Yah’ and His promises.)
- A Kiddush (Sanctification) cup overflowing with wine . . .
Baruch ata Yahuah, Eloheinu Melech ha’olam. Boreh pri ha’gaphen
Blessed are you Yahuah, King of the universe, Who createst the fruit of the vine.
- Blessing over the Challah
Baruch ata Yahuah, Eloheinu Melech ha’olam, Hamotzi lachem min ha’aretz.
Blessed are You, Yahuah, King of the universe, Who bringest forth bread from the earth.
- YermeYahu 31:31 . . . Hebrews 8:9 . . . Hebrews 9:15
Let a man examine himself: The Pouring Out (of ones-self). This is a time of silence and reflection, and if need be, intercession. (Some might go into a closet for special prayer.) The bread and the wine (symbolizing Ha Mashiach’s body and blood) is set away in separate room, for each person must choose for themselves when and if they are ready to partake.
- Besamim (Perfume/Spices) Box. A spice container that is passed around so all may whiff and smell, as a reminder of the burning of incense in the Temple. Inside can be clove, cinnamon, orange peels, rose buds. . . you create your own combination. In the ancients, they used a leaf of myrtle. (Note: TheTalmud/Zohar speaks about an extra soul that comes and departs–you can research that on your own.)
- Havdahlah Candle. A long, colorful braided candle with two wicks. (Usually a young child will carry this candle.) It’s flames will be quenched by the spilling cup of overflowing wine.
Sunset . . .
I say another blessing over my Shabbat candles before extinguishing their light . . .
Blessed are you YAH, King of the universe, Who makes a distinction between holy and profane, between light and darkness, between Yisra’el and other nations, between the seventh day and the six working days. Blessed are You, YAH, Who makes a distinction between holy and profane.
Shavua Tov! (Have a Good Week!)
The separation is complete. This is a time given to singing Shavua Tov and dancing with symbols and tamborines, and noise makers! In this we gain strength and help to encourage one another in the week to come.
Often times, I am alone, and yes . . . I sing and dance before Yah, with halal, and I imagine, I look clamorously foolish. But, I am filled! I pray in this sharing you are strengthened in your walk, as well. (Chazach!)
Thank you for reading! May you seek YAH and follow Ha Mashiach. Shalom.