SPARKS OF SHABBOS (Parshas Vayakhel)
Preparation for the Holy Shabbos day.
The word Shabbos is Hebrew is spelled ù á ú . This forms an acrostic in Hebrew which reads: ùáú áä úùåá , on*Shabbos*do*Teshuvah (repentence). Shabbos is a day that is unique in that it is a special opportunity to start again fresh. The Rebbe, R' Elimelech of Lizensk taught that the eve of the Shabbos is like the eve of Yom Kippur. In his household, the family as well as the servants would beg forgivenss from each other every Erev Shabbos until they were trembling and shedding tears. Thusly cleansed, at the moment of the lighting of the Shabbos candles, a sublime and awesome joy enveloped each and every one. A few minutes before the start of Shabbos to review the events of the previous week can truly help to make Shabbos a day of spiritual and emotional rest.
Many people take these few minute before immersion in the Mikveh, or before the time of candle lighting. Especially proper is to takes any measures to guard against anger on Shabbos and to heals and wound that anger caused during the week. A parent is even remanded not to scold or punish his children on Shabbos.
This is the meaning of thre verse from this weeks Parsha, (Ex. 35:3), "Don't kindle any fire in all your dwelling places on the Sabbath day." Fire can be understood as anger. On Shabbos, there is no room for anger.
May all of our Shabboses be Peaceful!!
Short Biography: R' Elimelech of Lizensk was a major disciple of the successor to the Baal Shem Tov, the Maggid of Mezeritch. R' Elimelech along with his brother R' Zusia, spent years roaming the Polish and Galician countryside igniting tens of thousands of dormant hearts and drawing them back to Torah and to Chassidus. R' Elimelech himself raised up many important disciples (see Parshas T'zave - How to Live with Hardship).