There are times that many observant Jews would relate to, when Shabbat is ready for you, before you are ready for Shabbat.  I’m about to have one of those moments.  But first I wanted to share this thought.  The very beauty of Shabbat is that it allows you to put yourself and your family above the mundane and sometimes pressured activities of everyday living.  Shabbat is an “Island in Time”, a chance to refresh, regroup, and reapply yourself to the things that truely matter.  So, there is a real answer to a real question.  How do you stay safe in the world today?  Place true value in the beauty of Shabbat.

I came across some other answers to the question as well.  For some light pre-Shabbat contemplation, here they are:

 1. Avoid riding in automobiles because they are responsible for 20 percent of all fatal accidents. 2. Do not stay at home because 17 percent of all accidents occur in the home. (that’s 37 % already)3. Avoid walking on streets or sidewalks because 14 percent of all accidents occur to pedestrians. (now that’s 51%)

4. Avoid traveling by air, accidents involve these forms of transportation.

(that’s 67%)

5. Of the remaining 33 percent, 32 percent of all deaths occur in hospitals.

Above all else avoid hospitals.

You will be pleased to learn that only 0.01 percent of all deaths occur in a synagogue, and these are usually related to previous physical disorders.

Therefore, logic tells us that the safest place for you to be at any given point in time is in Synagogue services.

Torah Study is even safer. The number of deaths during Torah Study is too small to register.

For safety’s sake, go to Shul as often as possible and attend Torah Study.

It could save your life!

And don’t forget to keep Shabbat.