‘Why isn’t it Shabbat every day of the week?’
‘Hanale’s Shabbat Dress’ is a beloved Hebrew children’s book from the 1930’s turned into a musical in 1971. I saw it in the early 70’s— my first outing to a theater, in Tel Aviv, accompanied by my older brother. Big deal. ‘Who loves Shabbat’ is the theme song that has since become an Israeli classic. Even my NYC kids know it. I remember pondering the question after the show – why isn’t Shabbat every day? Perhaps the start of philosophical inquiry into the gifts of the rare pleasures in life and the benefit of sacred time. Shabbat Shalom!
Amichai’s Top 50: Soundtrack of my life. 4/20-6-8 2019/Passover-Shavuot 5779