The Red Dress Club insists that we continue with the 7 Deadly Sins. This week's sin is Sloth.
I don't have much to say about spiritual apathy because I haven't experienced it myself. Every day, I have the opportunity to "do Jewish" because of my work in the Jewish community. I do this through my writing, teaching, connecting and basically being a part of this community. I feel blessed by the tasks that I do which brings me great satisfaction both personally and professionally.
In the Jewish faith, G-d recognizes our hard work and gives us a day off. It's called Shabbat. It says in Genesis that G-d created the heavens and the earth in six days and he rested on the seventh day. So, why shouldn't we do the same? Who are we to question this great gift that G-d has bestowed upon us. In my opinion, it would be more of a sin to return it!
On Shabbat, Jews are not permitted to work. In Jerusalem, shops are closed for business and there are no cars on the street. Jews around the world use this day to spend time with our families and reflect on the week gone by. We attend services, sing, recite blessings, enjoy meals together and some (well-deserved) downtime from all of the chaos. We are encouraged to have relations with our spouses and sleep a little longer than usual.
It is a holy day for spiritual growth and it is not at all apathetic. In fact, it is the opposite. Shabbat gives us permission to take some time for ourselves and appreciate our world and all of its wonders. I consider it one of the greatest gifts of my faith and I would never think of giving it back.
It doesn't make me lazy either. In fact, it makes me a better person - each and every week.
When it is time for the week to begin again - we say Shavua Tov to wish someone a good coming week. We know that we are well-prepared for the week ahead and look forward to it. And we know that Shabbat is the gift that keeps on giving and in six days (G-d willing!) we will unwrap it again.