When we keep Shabbos, we are looked at as partners in the entire creation of the world. But what does that really mean?
Tom Bodett from Motel 6 has a famous guarantee that “we’ll leave the light on for you.” Honestly, it’s a motel I’m trying to go to sleep here, I’d love it if you can turn the lights off. But that is what they’re proud of and what they guarantee. And we have something similar that we all should be proud of but on a much larger scale.
The Gemarah explains that when we keep Shabbos, we are looked at as partners in the entire creation of the world.
How does that even work?
The Or Hachaim explains that it says in the very first parsha, parshas Bereishis, that Hashem rested on Shabbos from all of the work. And he explains that it’s not just that Hashem rests from the six days of creation, but every single Shabbos Hashem turns off the lights, boom, ignition is off, powered down, we’re completely shut down.
The only way for the world to get started again and make another week again, is if you and I keep Shabbos. That’s right. Since the creation of the world, almost 6,000 years, there has never been one Shabbos that there was not at least one individual keeping Shabbos. Which means an amazing idea, that by one person keeping Shabbos, they upkeep and recharge not only themselves, but the entire world gets to survive another week.
That’s an amazing idea and a reality check for us to realize the effects of our actions — or on Shabbos — our non-actions. So while Motel 6 may leave the lights on for you in a motel off the highway, we leave the lights on for the entire world after every Friday.
And thinking about that, I don’t know how you can not have a great Shabbos.
Avraham Kohn produces marketing videos for companies and organizations, helping them make money.