When one learns the laws in a deep way and applies them within a Jewish lifestyle, halacha becomes not a restriction, but a direction.
And when paired with the beauty of "remember," the coupling opens up a world without limitations -- a world of endless depth and opportunity.
This moment you see here between Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard would not have been permitted until the couple was married. Safe to say the Duggars are in the minority, having not read Fifty Shades of Grey (the movie adaptation of which they won't be seeing either, we're guessing). The Duggars' option is probably 1,000 times better-written, we will give them that much. The family matriarch feels that dancing encourages "sensual" feelings, while Jessa Duggar has said that she feels modern music promotes "sex, drugs, all that type of stuff." Instead, the family chooses to play gospel music together.
Side hugs are the preferred method of PDA in order to prevent any further temptation or "hanky panky," as has been well documented on 19 Kids and Counting. though not too too hard, lest they lead to full-frontal hugging. The Bible warns not to "think about gratifying the pleasure of the flesh," so instead the family studies Christian text and not E.
The two commandments, to guard and to remember, were said by God in one breath, for one without the other would be empty.
If you are in a relationship and you hear from the other person the words "I love you," there is a nice feeling. If you want to make real the idea that God is Creator, you must stop creating. Shabbat is the weekly reminder of this completeness.
Despite talk of Joy-Anna Duggar breaking courtship rules, and signs of hope like Jinger wearing shorts, these guidelines ain't no joke.
Here are 16 things the Duggars specifically do not allow ...
When God says, "Six days a week you will do all your work," He is not just talking about making the office deadlines.
The ideas are within reach; grasping them means heading in the right direction. At one point, God instructs them to build a Mishkan, the portable sanctuary that would hold, among other things, the tablets of the Ten Commandments.
This Mishkan would be carried by the Jewish people throughout their journey.
On Shabbat we also strive to bring God's presence into this world.
We remove ourselves from creating in order to reaffirm that we do not have mastery over our lives. To learn what is considered "creating," we study the principles found in the original creation of the Mishkan. There are many books that discuss these concepts and list the laws of Shabbat in detailed form.