Shabbat is a Beautiful Way to Build Community in 2024
In our constantly evolving society, characterized by perpetual motion, ceaseless creation, and unending consumption, the pace is relentless and demanding. This prevailing rhythm often results in a community that is frequently lonely, overworked, burnt-out, fatigued, and even plagued by anxiety.
This doesn't have to be you!
Four Health Benefits of Shabbat:
- Mental Health: “more frequent family dinners are related to fewer emotional and behavioral problems, greater emotional well-being, more trusting and helpful behaviors towards others and higher life satisfaction.” –Journal of Adolescent Health, April 2012
- Physical Health: According to The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, kids and teens who share family dinners three or more times per week: Are less likely to be overweight Are more likely to eat healthy food Are less likely to engage in risky behaviors (drugs, alcohol, sexual activity)
- Spiritual Health: The observance of Shabbat is an opportunity for rest and reflection. It is deeply rooted in the biblical narrative, particularly in Genesis 2:2-3, where God rested on the seventh day after creating the world. Keeping Shabbat involves a day of rest and reflection, acknowledging the divine pattern of work and rest.
- Communal Health: Embracing the restful rhythm of Shabbat brings a beautiful health benefit to us all — a boost to our mental and emotional well-being. As we come together in rest, reflection, and quality family time, we're weaving a tapestry of support and connection within our community. Shabbat's unique charm reduces stress, strengthens our bonds, and nurtures a space where we can all thrive emotionally. Let's cherish the communal wellness gift that Shabbat brings to our homes and hearts!
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