Israel is an amazing place, vibrant and dynamic. On my visits, I often feel as if I am in the midst of a busy ant colony. People seem to be constantly on the move, working hard, and for many hours. High rise buildings are popping up everywhere, especially in Tel-Aviv, where the first subway line is also being built. New roads are constantly under construction, but the number of cars grows much faster; thus, the congestion level is high. Then comes Shabbat, and everything stops and quiets down. It’s a unique phenomenon I have not experienced anywhere else. On Saturday morning, when you step out, the streets are mostly empty, and the silence is penetrating – the essence of the Shabbat is all around you and in one’s own self.