What a beautiful sunset! There is nothing like a beautiful sunset on a Friday night at the beginning of spring break! This was a beautiful beginning to a very sweet Shabbat.
Mid-terms are over, and I think I did well on both of them.
When the candles are finally lit, the peace of entering holy time settles upon us. We make the blessing over the candles, over the children, over the wine and bread. We talk, we laugh, we eat.
This week was especially relaxing for me, as it came at the end of a busy week of studying and writing exams. When Shabbat comes at the end of a particularly long and intense week, it feels really wonderful to let go of cares and concerns and step into the freedom of Shabbat. No work or worry for twenty-four hours. Rest.
I used to think it was redundant to be commanded to rest. I thought it was like being commanded to eat. Who needs to be commanded to do such a basic thing?
Today, we took a nice walk with the dogs.
We went to the very special Bar Mitzvah of a friend and the son of friends.
There was time to spend outside in the afternoon.
Notice something funny about the picture? Yes--he's barefoot. Yes that's snow! It was 65 degrees when the picture was taken, but we still have a good deal of snow leftover from the many snowstorms. Our hill is a north-facing hill. So N. spent some time barefoot because of the warm weather.
He thinks he's a hobbit!
This evening, we ended Shabbat with the simple but beautiful ceremony Havdalah--which means separation.
In havdalah we say good-by to Shabbat with wine, sweet smelling spices and fire.
Here are some of our hands, as we look at the reflection of our nails in the flame.
The spices are in the little pomegranate that hangs on the candlabra.
Here is N., surprised by the camera, as he got ready to extinguish the flame in the sweet wine.
I don't know why he was startled, exactly, because these pictures were taken after we had actually concluded havdalah. We just lit the candle again for pictures when Shabbat was actually over.