THE SECRET OF KABBALAT SHABBAT
The Carlebach Kabbalat Shabbat is an upbeat spiritual Experience that has revolutionised the way many communities across the world have brought in Shabbat. What can be more natural into today’s busy connected world to turn off for 24 hours , being at peace with yourself and nature and usher in the Shabbat through singing and dancing,
Carlebach Kabbalat Shabbat
Carlebach Inspirational first time Shabbat story:
I want to share a some words Reb Sholom Brodt Z”L who relates the following :
ENTERING ERETZ YISRAEL AND ENTERING SHABBOS:
Entering into Shabbos is similar to entering into Eretz Yisrael. Just like we had to leave the wilderness and enter into the Holy Land, so too each week we leave the existence of the weekdays and enter into the holiness of Shabbos. By observing Shabbat, we are witnesses proclaiming that there is a Creator, who created the world which belongs entirely to Him, and that He is ever present and watching over His creation. The question arises; how do we get out of the consciousness of weekdays into the holiness Shabbos, especially if we have already gotten trapped in the weekday life?
This is the secret of the Kabbalat Shabbat services. After we finish the last Mincha Service of the week before sunset on Friday afternoon, we start Kabbalat Shabbat. This service consists of seven Psalms: first we sing [and dance] the first six of these, which correspond to the six days of the week. Then we sing "lecha dodi', and this is followed by the seventh Psalm: Mizmor shir l'yom haShabbat, the song of the Sabbath day.
The first of these, Psalm 95, begins with an invitation to dance and sing unto Hashem: L'chu N'rannenah L'Hashem, and it ends with a warning not to repeat the mistakes that our ancestors made the wilderness, for it caused them to be stuck there for forty years and never making it into Eretz Yisrael. . Why do we start the Kabbalat Shabbat in this way, and why do we encounter this admonition just as we are about to enter into Shabbos?
Do you think that you are trapped in weekday consciousness? You think you can't get away from it? There is only one-way Reb Shlomo zt"l used to say. Get up and dance, sing and sing and dance your way into Shabbos for the Gates of Song are next to the Gates of Tshuvah; this the way home, back into the Holy Shabbos. You think you can't sing and dance? Ask a friend to bless you and connect you to the World of Neginah song.
See yourself in the World of Song and SING! But remember entering Shabbos is like entering Eretz Yisrael, it requires faith in trust in Hashem. It requires a willingness to leave the familiarity and spirituality of our wilderness existence, a willingness to leave the world of doing and to enter into the world of being.