Take the 2-minute tour ×
Mi Yodeya is a question and answer site for those who base their lives on Jewish law and tradition and anyone interested in learning more. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Why did HaShem create Shabbos? He doesn't need rest!

share|improve this question

3 Answers 3

The application of the verb 'resting' to God is one specific instance of the general problem of language that attributes actions or attributes to God. This general problem is the main topic of Part I of the Guide of the Perplexed. For the specific chapter of the Guide dealing with the verb 'to rest', see Part I, chapter 67.

In the chapter, the Rambam deals separately with the three pertinent verbs: va-yishbot, va-yannach, and va-yinnafash. For each, he suggests readings in which the meaning is not 'resting' in the sense of recovering from being tired.

'Va-yishbot' might mean ceasing from some activity, so, ceasing from the activity of creation. For 'va-yannach', the Rambam quotes Bereishit Rabbah parsha 10, which says it means 'caused to rest', i.e., He caused His world to have rest. He also suggests the possibility of it meaning that He caused the world to begin to exist in a stable way, as opposed the supernatural processes which had occurred during creation. For 'va-yinnafash', he sees it as meaning, 'He had His will fulfilled.'

share|improve this answer
    
Can you summarize the Rambam's explanation in your answer? –  Michoel Oct 4 '12 at 20:29
    
Ok, I tried to. –  paquda Oct 4 '12 at 20:47
    
+1​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ –  Michoel Oct 4 '12 at 20:49

He created shobbos for us to elevate us, not him!

share|improve this answer

I remember reading somewhere that Hashem only rested on the first shabbos, to show Adam how it was done. But on all subsequent shabbatot, He works hard keeping the world going.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.