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The Torah In Haiku: Va-et'chanan

The Torah In Haiku: Va-et'chanan



Why "observe" Shabbat?
To remember we were slaves
And G-d brought us out




Deut 5:12,15
Observe the Sabbath to keep it holy, as Adonai your G-d has command ... You must remember that you were slaves in Egypt, and Adonai your G-d freed you from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. It is for this reason that Adonai you G-d has commanded you to keep the Sabbath.


But in Exodus
We're told: "remember" Shabbat
Because G-d rested


Exodus 20:8,11
Remember the Sabbath to keep it holy ... For in six days G-d made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but G-d rested on the seventh day. G-d therefore blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

Much has been written about the two different versions of the Fourth Commandment. But I think there's meaning in which command (observe or remember) and reason (redemption or creation) are used together.


Observe - obey G-d
The covenant from Sinai
Mitzvot to fulfill

Remember - reflect
Created in G-d's image
We should act like G-d

Ed Nickow is a teacher and member of the Board of Trustees at Temple Chai, Long Grove, IL. This post is from his blog The Torah in Haiku.

Published: 7/18/2013

Categories: Learning, Torah Study
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