The Prime Minister of Barbados, The Honourable Mia Mottley declared a PAUSE for Barbados beginning February 3rd for two weeks due to a high increase in COVID-19 cases. I thought it particularly interesting that she used the word pause. The dictionary describes the word pause (noun) as a temporary stop in action or speech.
My Jewish learning uses the term to describe Shabbat: “the Jewish Sabbath, is unique among world religions. On the last day of each week, from sundown to sundown, Jews everywhere pause from their ordinary routines and usher in a day of holiness. Traditionally Shabbat-observant Jews abstain from 39 categories of work (including lighting a fire, writing and spending money) and spend time with their community praying, eating large meals and singing. Other ways to observe Shabbat might include meditation, retreating into nature, and catching up on sleep”.
In whatever way you choose to spend your time over the next two week’s pause. Let’s just pray that it brings about renewal and healing to ourselves, our families, our Island and the world.
We will be holding ZOOM services tomorrow evening, January 29, 2021 at 6:30pm. Please click the link below to join; to request the password, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/95083597091?pwd=VzB1S3NQbjJRbVhjMFRFWXd3NFc2dz09
Please see the below link for a copy of our siddur.