Imagine you were chosen to star in a big-league sporting championship.
You really want to accept the great honor, but there’s a problem — you don’t know how to play this sport. When you ask a friend for the rules and instructions, he tells you all the things you can’t do but neglects to tell you what you’re supposed to do! Wouldn’t you consider the instructions to be terribly inadequate?
Now, suppose you were chosen to be a part of the nation that was given the great gift of Shabbos. Would you consider it sufficient to study only what you may not do on the holy day, without learning what you should do when it arrives?
That’s where this book comes into play.
39 Things You Can Do on Shabbos takes readers on a journey of discovery — to learn about dozens of uplifting activities one can engage in specifically when it’s Shabbos. Elaborating on ideas from ancient commentators to contemporary writers, from simple expositions to Kabbalistic explanations, Rabbi Shaya Winiarz enlightens readers with the words of the wise, bringing them to a greater and more inspired Shabbos experience.
Shaya Winiarz grew up in Staten Island, NY, in the early 1990s. He is a second-generation student of the Chofetz Chaim yeshiva network and is currently studying at the mother-ship, the Rabbinical Seminary of America, in Queens, NY. He is a practicing mohel and shochet, as well as a popular newspaper columnist and lecturer. This sefer is his third published work, following on the heels of Making a Difference: The Story of Reb Dovid Winiarz and Let There Be Time: The Meaning and Messages of the Jewish Months.