" How significant is it that this word, (holy), is applied to time. “And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy” There is no reference in the record of creation to any object in space that would be endowed with the quality of holiness. Only time gets this distinction.
It would seem that after God created heaven and earth, he would create a holy place like a mountain or spring- whereupon a sanctuary is to be established. Instead, God creates holiness in time, the Sabbath, which comes first."
I believe this beauty in time can be created in all homes for all faiths. I have heard stories, which today seem like lore, of my husband's extended Italian-American family, coming over every Sunday afternoon- to eat, talk, play cards, and just be together. Were they observing their Sabbath without the rituals? Or my mother's extended family, who all lived near one another in Brooklyn and would come by my grandmother's home without invite to eat, talk, and just be together.
We have lost that family "sacredness" which came with proximity, but, if we make the effort, we can still allow some of the "sacredness of time" to infuse our homes.
My birthday gift last Friday evening was enjoying a lovely Shabbat dinner with friends. My hope for this, my fiftieth year, is that I remember to let the joy of the Sabbath enter my home more often.