The holidays are over. My children are finally back in school (hallelujah). Thus far, I’ve written about Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Shemini Atzeret for The Jewish Mother Project. Now it’s time to tackle the most important (and frequent) Jewish holiday of them all: Shabbat.

Here’s the question that immediately popped into my mind: Why don’t we all observe Shabbat all the time?

Think about it: We’ve got the wisdom of Torah, the support of our community, the insights of modern science, and the words of God himself (or herself, depending on how you look at it) all telling us to take it easy already. What more do we need?

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