[Sca-cooks] Period Shabbat

Judith Epstein judith at ipstenu.org
Mon Aug 24 05:39:54 PDT 2009

On Aug 23, 2009, at 10:21 PM, Barbara Nostrand wrote:

> Noble Cousin!
> Greetingts from Solvieg!
>> No "work" is permitted to Jews on Sabbath, except that "work" is  
>> not a correct translation of the word "melachah." From what I can  
>> discover, melachah is related to the word melech, which means king.  
>> Thus, what is prohibited are acts of mastery/sovereignty, that is,  
>> over the physical world.
> Ahh. Interesting etymology. However, the key component of forbidden  
> work is making, and the list of forbidden melachot is supposed to  
> derive from those activities involved in constructing the mishkan.

I'm aware of this interpretation as well, yes. But saying that doesn't  
really help those who aren't at all familiar with the Jewish  
definitions and derivations of "work."


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