The T’shuvah of Shabbat

Elul 25/August 31, 2013 [Shabbat] – Shabbat t’shuvah is born of inner development, guided by deliberation and design. We immerse ourselves in it when the busyness of the everyday is set aside; with a mind rendered tranquil through the restfulness and repose of holiness. Shabbat t’shuvah endures and results in a lasting closeness to God.

(Reb Nachman, Likutey Moharan I, 79)

For reflection: As the Yamim Noraim (the Days of Awe) draw near, this last Shabbat before, we yearn for that closeness, for open arms to take us in as we have spent this month in reflection and prayer, in the process of cheshbon nefesh, taking an accounting of our soul. Try to open your heart even a little more to the peacefulness of Shabbat, for this moment of t’shuvah to open into tonight’s Selichot prayers, beginning our communal turning and returning.

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