‘Remember the Shabbat and keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour and do all thy work. But the seventh day is the Shabbat of the Lord, thy God…’ says one of the Ten Commandments which according to legend Moses received from the Creator on Mount Sinai.
In Judaism, the Shabbat is no ordinary day of the week. It is a time when the world is filled with peace and calm, when families gather round the table to celebrate the miracle of serenity. During the Shabbat, the Torah calls people to distance themselves from the chaotic noise of weekdays to realise that the world has already been created and, for one day, can go without man’s help. Six days a week, people strive to rule the world but on the seventh day, they must strive to master themselves.
39 types of work are forbidden on the Shabbat, including Makeh Be’Patish or the ‘last strike of the hammer’, one of the most widespread. This term denotes any action that serves to prepare an object for operation, including the winding of a timepiece.