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Monday, September 2, 2013

Why I Don’t Blog on Saturdays

You may (or may not) have noticed that I don’t blog on Saturdays. Not only do I not blog, I also don’t read blogs, browse facebook, read or respond to emails…I actually don’t get online at all between sundown on Friday night and sunset on Saturday night. Have you heard of social media fasts? Well, I take one every week. And that’s not all. I also don’t turn on and off lights, cook, drive, spend money, do any type of work, write, craft, watch TV, etc. Why? Because I observe the Jewish Sabbath – or Shabbat.


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Because we believe that God created the world in 6 days and on the 7th day he rested, we too rest on the 7th day. In the Torah, there are 39 categories of forbidden acts described, all of which are types of work that were needed in the building of the mishkan – the traveling sanctuary built by the Jews after they left Egypt. These categories include sowing, kneading, baking, weaving, extinguishing a fire, kindling a fire, and more. (see Judaism 101: Shabbat). All of these tasks are prohibited, as is any task that operates by the same principle or has the same purpose.

I recently read a blog post which discussed whether smart phones should be brought along to church. The two sides were that obviously they are a distraction, but some people like to use them to take notes on the sermon or for reference purposes. We don’t have that option at all!

So what can we do on Shabbat? We spend time as a family. We eat meals that we prepared in advance. We attend synagogue services where we pray and learn. We sleep. We play. We nap. We read. We hang out with our friends who live close to us. It’s a lot of fun really. When else are you required to stay close to home (or wherever you may be staying), eat a lot, be with your family, and relax?


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Why am I telling you all of this now? Well, there are certain holidays with similar restrictions to Shabbat. This Thursday and Friday is Rosh Hashanah. I will not be posting or be online at all for all of Rosh Hashanah, all the way through Saturday night. This will occur again two more times this month over the holidays of Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret / Simchat Torah. I will be sharing more about these holidays when they get closer!

Do you think you could disconnect completely for 3 days in a row? It’s actually not that hard for me, but catching up afterwards is difficult!

17 comments:

Janine Huldie said...

The disconnecting isn't as hard as the catch and so agree with you on this one. I try my best on the weekends, but I do check in usually in the morning and the evenings, but I have tried since I do work so much on the computer all week long to take some breaks on Sunday. Not as much religious reasons for me as for just recharging to be quite honest. But I think reasons make perfect sense and thank you so much fro sharing them with us today.

Munchkins and the Military said...

That's very interesting! I had no idea about all of those rules. I try to stay off during the weekend, to enjoy family time and my husband being home.

KC Coake said...

I love disconnecting! It always feels good to me. It is hard to do though. Yes, the catching up afterward is always hard.
Thanks so much for sharing. I always love learning more about the Jewish faith.
KC

C Hill said...

What a great commitment to make - and a great example to set for the kids! I really enjoy learning about Judaism through your posts; thanks for educating us!

Tamar SB said...

There was a huge article in the NY Times a year or so ago about modern orthodox teens who justify being shomer shabbas and using their phones to text friends. It featured a ton of kids in Riverdale where my uncle lives and started a HUGE conversation!

This was so well written. I get excited about the 3 days, until simchat torah when I am ready to be back to normal lol!

Tamara Camera said...

The disconnecting isn't hard for me, and I rather like it. It's the catch up that is hard. Worth it, though. You're creating family traditions and you're staying committed to your faith.

Leslie @ Violet Imperfection said...

I admire how you are so committed not only to your religion but teaching all of your readers as well. I really want to disconnect more. I remember reading about Sukkot last year on your blog!

Sara said...

Taking a break for a day to enjoy family and worship sounds amazing. I make the excuse all the time that I am too busy to go to church and that is only 1 hour so it's super impressive to me that you are so committed to your faith.

You mentioned you have meals prepared but I'm curious to what extent you use an oven. I worked with someone who was Jewish and she wouldn't use an oven on the Shabbat.

Lanaya | Raising Reagan said...

I don't blog on Saturdays and I don't look at other blogs either. Mainly because I need a day to just not be connected to the damn internet.
It's ridiculous how much of my life is online -- so one day for me and the family is definitely necessary.

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Holly Higgins said...

Just out of curiousity, is turning on and off lights considered kindling/extinguishing a fire? That's really interesting to me because I never would've thought of that before. I forgot my phone at home last week and it honestly was really really nice not to be so connected for a day and I've actually been less "connected" ever since!

Ronni said...

Love this post. I think more of us should take a media fast at least one day each week. Maybe I'll try it.

Dara said...

glad you liked it! I was surprised so many people said they take a break on the weekend just because!

Dara said...

yes it can be connected to kindling and extinguishing fire, but it is also connecting a circuit, which is not allowed. we keep lights on (or use timers) where we will need and keep them off where we will need!

Dara said...

we don't use the oven either but we have a warmer that we set up beforehand that we use to warm up meals that we prepared ahead of time. you can't cook but you can definitely eat!

Elisabeth H said...

I figured that was why. And I totally commend you on holding fast to your beliefs. About the driving, is this why whenever I pass through a Jewish community, I always see families walking to the synagogue? In honor of the Sabbath?

Dara said...

yup that is exactly right!

Ashley @twynmawrmom said...

This is a lovely post, and I agree this should be something practiced weekly, whether for religious reasons or not! Family time is sacred, whenever it occurs. I'm actually thinking of giving up Facebook for Lent, but probably not EVER BLOGGING! :)