In this week’s torah portion (Vayakhel-Pekudei) Moshe relays Hashem’s commandment to work six days and rest on the seventh.
It’s off to work we go
Throughout the week people are busy working and tending to personal obligations. On Shabbos, we are given the opportunity to step back and disconnect. We are able to have family meals, reconnect with our friends, and forget about all of our electronics and responsibilites.
Mental health benefits of Shabbos
Two of the strongest protective factors against adolescent drug and alcohol addiction are family meals and a strong community connection. When we disconnect from technology we have lower levels of stress, are more likely to retain new knowledge we learn and rate our overall well being as higher. Let’s appreciate the gift that Hashem gave us and realize that by keeping his laws we are not only fulfilling His will, but also obtaining tremendous benefit.