There are many concepts related to Shabbat, but perhaps the most central is that it represents an end-point, the goal of a process. Whenever the Torah mentions Shabbat, it first mentions the six days of work. During the week we create and build. On Shabbat, we celebrate what has been completed.
The Shabbat occurs weekly to teach us that ultimately, there will be a final end to the work-phase and the long Shabbat will begin. When our souls reach the World To Come, what we prepared on this...(more