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“Do not ignite fire on Shabbat”
~ Exodus 35:3

Although there’s a huge amount of laws governing Shabbat, only one action is explicitly forbidden in the written Torah: kindling.

Why?

Because physically there’s nothing some animal cannot do better, faster or longer.

Spiritually, however, our mind and creative-power place us on top of any ecosystem. Our control of fire is undoubtedly the most cogent expression of this.

Therefore, while we’re prohibited to create on Shabbat, the rest of the week it’s our responsibility to set the world on fire.

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