The Meaning of the Sabbath

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Rabbi Marc Rubenstein
Rabbi Marc Rubenstein. Valley News/Courtesy photo
Rabbi Marc Rubenstein Special to Valley News Yankel, a traditional Jew, kisses his family in the shtetl goodbye as he sets out to make his fortune in the bright new world – America. A year later, his mother comes to be with him in New York. She takes one look at him in disbelief, “Yankele, what happened to your beard and pay’as?” “Mama,” her devoted son replied, “This is America. I have to fit in to be successful. And, by the way, call me Jack.” “Oy, but kosher, you still eat kosher, don’t you?” she asked. “Mama, I mix with all kinds of people these days, my clients and associates. I can’t keep kosher in my circles,” he said. The mother sighed, “But at least the holy Sabbath, you still observe Shabbas?” “Mama, Saturday is the biggest s
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