Dude, it’s Shabbos!


(source: Wikipedia)

For those of you unfamiliar with the subject – Shabbos (or Shabbat, or the Sabbath) is the Jewish day of rest. Most forms of work are prohibited (i.e. turning lights on and off, driving, business transactions) – there are actually 39 different types of work that cannot be done.

Don't Roll on Shabbos

(source: allposters)

Shabbos was made popular to the non-Jewish mainstream through the movie, The Big Lebowski. In this film, John Goodman’s character says the now famous phrase”I don’t roll on Shabbos”! Proudly proclaiming his Jewish heritage (even the more so after he converted and has since divorced, it’s really a cute scene).

This movie now has a cult following, and even has annual LebowskiFests:

Lebowski Fest

(source: lebowskifest.com)

Last, but not least – here is an entertaining video by the folks at Jewish Impact Films about 2 guys at work. One telling the other that he wouldn’t do anything to break Shabbos. Funny stuff!


7 Responses to “Dude, it’s Shabbos!”

  1. VeronicasLore.com » Dude, it's Shabbos! Says:

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  2. christian Says:

    I believe that God is watching all of this and is shaking his head in sorrow.
    The 10 commandments are as valid today as in the days of old. There are some people in this world who are willing to worship God and KEEP his commandments. I urge you to read them for yourself and prayerfully make your own decisions – not just follow the critics, skeptics, and those who mock God’s words.

  3. Moshe Says:

    Yishar Koach! B’Ezrat HaShem! I ROCK but don’t roll on Shabbat! L’Chaim! Dash!

  4. brian Says:

    Judaism is not a proselytizing religion. It does not seek converts. We believe that every person has a mission to fulfill in G-d’s creation, and can be deemed worth of the Almighty’s rewards — both in This World and in The World To Come — providing, of course, that he or she accepts and follows the guidelines that have been Divinely ordained for him or her. For the Jew, this means the 613 commandments. For the non-Jew — i.e. all “descendants of Noah” — it means the basic program of ethical monotheism built on seven commandments, the universal moral code called “The Seven Laws for the Descendants of Noah.”

    “The Seven Noahide Laws” begin with the prohibition against worship of anything but the One Supreme G-d, and contain an orderly system of ethical behavior, comprising the code by which all of mankind is obligated to live.

    (Source: http://www.chabad.org/global/about/article.asp?AID=244376)

  5. Jack Says:

    Shabbos is one of my favorite days.

  6. brian Says:

    Me too, Jack! Thanks for the comment.

  7. lonestumbler Says:

    I like the way Brian types out “G_d.” I heard once that Jewish Rabbis of old had such great respect for the Hebrew name of G_d that they feared to spell out in full and would only pick out a few vowels that we now know as the letters YHWH. Even before this, everytime a scribe was writing out a new torah roll, whenever he’d get to the part where he had to spell out the name of G_d, he would stop, go and wash his body thoroughly, worship and then return to curve out the letters with the greatest skill of caligraphy possible in his wrist – even then, he would not take it upon himself to write out the full name but only those letters. The faith behind this is that G_d is not to be and cannot be exhausted, just like if your Dad is called Wayne Michaels, as a child you don’t float into the house and yell out “Hey! Michaels…Wayne Michaels get over here ASAP!” Tied in with this is the commandment not to take the lord’s name in vain which is deeper than most people think. For example, don’t carelessly mention G_d in a manner that exhausts or pours out the honour in his identity, have some reservation even in your tone and innuendo; don’t use it if you don’t believe.
    The way people talk about him these days is wasteful and they don’t even realise that if you can muster up the guts to waste G_d’s honour, then subconsciously you’ll also as easily, always say and do things that waste your children, spouse, parents until you finally waste your own life.
    When Brian leaves out a letter in the name, it reminds me of all this, i don’t know if that is what he intended but enough said.
    Sabbath means to me that God spent six days working to make his creation, but what’s all the work if you can’t enjoy your labours? He enjoys his labours by ensuring he creates a Sabbath or day of rest, not just for himself but also for us – a day when we his creation and him are both free to get to know each other. He makes us and then makes time for us. Sabbath = Love

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