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    Six days & seven – Vayakhel

    shabbatWe already know that we should work for six days and rest on the seventh, so why does the Torah tell us (Ex. 35:2), “Six days shall work be done and the seventh day shall be a holy Sabbath of Sabbaths”?

    Note the difference. In one passage the emphasis is on the person (“You shall work, you shall rest”); in the second it is on the work (“Work shall be done”).

    Both are important. The human being has to decide to use the six working days energetically, and to ensure they rest on Shabbat.

    The job itself also has to be wisely chosen and properly carried out for the benefit of the doer and their society.

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