What is the big deal if I make a quick call on Shabbat? It isn’t such hard work to dial the number and talk. Will the day of rest be totally disturbed by my 30 second call??
Here’s a thought…
You are out for a romantic dinner, just the two of you. You make a reservation at a fancy restaurant, a quiet table for two in the corner. Gentle music is playing, lights are dimmed, and the ambiance is just perfect for an evening of romance.
You resolve not to talk about work, not to talk about the kids, rather to take the time to really connect and enjoy each other’s company. You laugh together, chit chat, and give one another complete focus and attention.
Then suddenly you say, “Oh, I just remembered something.” You take out your phone and call your business partner to remind him to send a report you are waiting for. It all took no more than fifteen seconds. You quickly put your phone away and smile at your wife.
But she’s not smiling. You just ruined the moment. You destroyed the atmosphere. Until now it was all about the two of you. As soon as you took out your phone, the ambiance was shattered. You brought the outside world into your intimate space.
You could try explaining that it was just a little phone call and is really no big deal. Good luck with that. If you think you can make a business call on a date night, you just don’t get what it means to create an intimate ambiance.
The Shabbos laws are all about creating an ambiance of rest, a moment of spiritual intimacy. The short call, as insignificant as it may seem, would change the ambiance and ruin the moment.
Someone who has never fully kept Shabbos may find this hard to understand. But if you’ve tasted the profound sense of restfulness that Shabbos can bring, you know how even a slight interruption can make a difference.
We all need date nights and we all need Shabbos. And we need to protect the intimacy of these sacred moments.
Mendel (Menachem) Bluming (taken from many sources)