Shir Ha-Ma'alot #12

May it please You - addition for Shabbat

Shabbat is a day of pleasure on which we are saved from distress, grief and lament in three ways as mentioned by the prophet Yeshayahu: "On the day Hashem will give you rest from your sorrow, and from your fear, and from the hard work which you were made to perform" (Yeshayahu 14:3). Before anything, one needs a rest for his body because of difficult physical work. There are people however whose work is easy, but it takes a heavy burden on one’s soul, and it requires a psychological rest "from your fear." Furthermore, it is possible that the work is not a burden on a person either physically or emotionally, but it does not fill him with spiritual meaning, and he therefore feels alienation and deep frustration. The Shabbat therefore comes to liberate him "from your sorrow." Shabbat is an intimate day between a person and his Creator, "Between Me and the Children of Israel, it is an eternal sign" (Shemot 31:17).