When Shabbat descends on the world and we participate in its observance, festive meals, songs, prayers, and all types of delights, we are connecting to one of the strongest and most meaningful Jewish forces and experiences. Shabbat is the cornerstone of Jewish belief. This class will discuss how Shabbat observance teaches and reinforces these foundations of Jewish belief. The class will also explain the concept of Shabbat menuchah – a profound, integrated physical rest and spiritual experience – by both refraining from melachah, creative work, and enjoying the special mitzvot of the day (discussed more in depth in the second Morasha class on Shabbat). Finally, we hope to portray the profound impact that Shabbat has made, and continues to make, on the life of the Jewish people.