The Sabbath and its Connection to the Redemption
Shabbat, i.e., the Sabbath, is not simply a time of relaxation and rest. It is not simply a time for family and good food. It is, as the zemer states, "a taste of the world to come." Shabbat is very much connected to the Redemption. The last verse of Mah Yedidut puts it beautifully
A taste of the world to come, the rest of the day of Shabbat
All who enjoy it, will reap great joy
From the travails of the coming of the Moshiaḥ,
they will be delivered to tranquility
Our redemption will sprout, and pain and suffering will vanish
Discover what that means as we review various passages related to this amazing concept.
Rabbi Dr. Juan Marcos Bejarano Gutierrez is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas where he earned a bachelor of science in electrical engineering. He studied at the Siegal College of Judaic Studies in Cleveland and received a Master of Arts Degree in Judaic Studies. He completed his doctoral studies at the Spertus Institute in Chicago in 2015. He studied at the American Seminary for Contemporary Judaism and received rabbinic ordination in 2011 from Yeshiva Mesilat Yesharim.
Rabbi Dr. Bejarano Gutierrez was a board member of the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies from 2011-2013. He has published various articles in HaLapid, The Journal for Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian Crypto-Jews, and Apuntes-Theological Reflections from a Hispanic-Latino Context. He is the author of twenty books including What is Kosher?and What is Jewish Prayer?, Who is a Jew?, Secret Jews: The Complex Identity of Crypto-Jews and Crypto-Judaism, and Against the Greeks, He is currently the director of the B’nai Anusim Center for Education at CryptoJewishEducation.com.