A Sabbath of Peace

April 1, 2016

Every week, Jody Hirsh, the JCC's Judaic Education Director, provides a Judaic message that is featured at the top of the JCC's weekly email newsletter. Below is the Shabbat message for Friday, April 1, 2016.

A Sabbath of Peace

The typical Sabbath greeting, as you know, is “Shabbat Shalom”... [Have] a Sabbath of Peace.] In fact, the concept of Shalom, “Peace,” permeates the Sabbath which is known as “Me’ein Olam HaBa – “kind of a world to come.” A “World to Come” in which everything is peaceful and tranquility reigns. The very idea of Sabbath, the imitation of God’s resting after creating the world in six days, is seen as a peaceful escape from the decidedly non-peaceful aspects of the working week. So many Sabbath dinners begin with the song “Shalom Aleichem:”

Shalom aleichem, malachei hasharet – malachei elyon

MiMelech, Malchei HaM’lachim, HaKadosh, Baruch Hu.

                Peace be upon you, O serving angels – angels from on high

                From the King, King of Kings, The Holy One Blessed is He.

Later on those angels are referred to as Malachei HaShalom... Angels of Peace.

As we know, Peace is hard to come by, especially in today’s turbulent world. We at the JCC are proud to be presenting on Tuesday a special “Concert for Peace” right here in Milwaukee. Yair Dalal, a Jewish Israeli musician, and Mira Awad, an Arab Israeli singer will be performing together here at the JCC on Tuesday, April 5 at 8:00 pm as part of their North American tour – their concert tomorrow night in Boston has been sold out. Yair is one of the world’s foremost experts in middle eastern music and the fusion of western and middle eastern music. For them, music is a language of peace, and their partnership –  a Jew and an Arab – may well be a “sort of world to come.”

For more information and to purchase tickets, click HERE and see them in action below!