Shabbat – a day of rest, a time to celebrate, a night when we eat so much that our pants might feel a little tight.
We take Shabbat as time for ourselves, our way to rejoice in the world that God created.
For our group, this Shabbat is not about resting or eating too much or taking time for ourselves, but this Shabbat is still about rejoicing in the world God created. We are currently in Yorkin, a rural Costa Rican community near the the Panama border that is home to the indigenous Bribri people. This Shabbat, we will look up into the rainforest; we will look up into the trees that are home to toucans, monkeys and sloths, trees that provide sustenance for the community, and we will allow ourselves to be wrapped up in the awe of the world that has been created for us. As we embrace these feelings of wonder, we will also answer the call and responsibility that comes with living in this beautiful world as we work to help the Bribri community and learn about a culture so far from our own.
Shabbat does not reside within the synagogue or our dinner tables – Shabbat is portable and Shabbat goes where we go. This week, Shabbat has come with us to Yorkin where 14 teens, 3 staff and 1 Costa Rican guide are feeling grateful for the creation of this unbelievable world we have the privilege to explore.
Jordy, Caleb, and Maddie
Mitzvah Corps Costa Rica 2 Program Staff