The Jewish Sabbath has been called an “oasis in time.” This heavenly gift, “Divine Therapy,” if you will, is a unique opportunity for spiritual and psychological renewal that comes every week – and it’s free! Contemporary observers often speak of the need for “quality time.” Shabbat teaches that there cannot be quality time without quantity time. Shabbat is indeed an idea whose time has come. As we enter the 21st century, the world has never needed Shabbat more. Our society desperately needs time to catch its breath, to look inward, not outward, to be introspective. We need an opportunity to hug our children, look our spouses in the eye, and engage in true communication, without constant interruptions of telephones, radios, videos and computer games. For all our valued technological advancements – walkmen, beepers, cellular phones, Internet, satellite dishes, etc. – our ability to communicate has greatly diminished. In fact, studies indicate that the average American parent speaks with his/her children no more than 12 minutes a day and watches television 49 hours a week! We, and our families, need “sacred time.” Shabbat provides just that, and much more. It has been said, “More than the Jews have kept the Sabbath – the Sabbath has kept the Jews.” It is an elixir of life. It is G-d’s greatest gift to human-kind. Embrace it! Savor a taste of the world to come.