Shabbat is about taking a rest from creating. Rabbinically, there are 39 defined categories of what that could mean, one of which is carrying. In observant Jewish communities, you'll see many contraptions of how to get around this law and bring a house key. Arguably the most beautiful solution to date, this bracelet utilizes the key as a necessary part of the clasp, making it an integral part of the jewelry and thus 100% kosher for wearing on Shabbat. It is made with a gold plated house key and sterling silver hinged bracelet. Available to be custom made with your house key. Patent pending.
By Judith Prays
I believe that when you hear the same concept in different places you should explore it further. I came upon the 10 commandments in multiple ways. One is described here and is how this project started. Another is from a conclusion I came to in my mission to be good at life: to be successful is to use your particular resources - only you have your unique set. One thing I had was being Jewish - and the story always went that we were given the Torah. I figured it was worth looking into to really capitalize on the resource.
But where to start? The 10 commandments, of course.
Shabbat really stuck out to me. Don't murder, don't steal - duh. But keep Shabbat? That's creative.
Thinking about it didn't really get me anywhere. It seemed the only way to understand how it could be one of the big ten was to try it.
But turn off my phone, computer, car? It was scary! I love parties! I love the internet! Would my friends think I’m crazy? Of course they would!
So there I am, about to light candles. I ask G-d to bring it. I'm doing my part, show me what you got!
And to make a long story short, he really did. Disconnecting to connect, now that's something. I experienced many quiet miracles that day. I experienced clarity, peace, hope, rest, purpose, fun. It was the first time in years I had a feeling that maybe I was back on track to being good at life.
Fast forward 4 years, I'm fully Torah observant and marry Yonatan, who I met at Yom Kippur services. A couple of months after the wedding I got a grant to do The Bracelet Project. Two days later, cards (or shall I say diamonds) fell that made Yonatan take his jewelry career more seriously.
I asked him to make one of the bracelets and he chose commandment 4. I wear and cherish this bracelet every shabbat and holiday.
I no longer struggle with things like turning off my phone, but the second part of the commandment seems to be a pervasive issue for me and in the most religious of environments. Keeping it holy. Shabbat is a rest from the mundane - it's a rest from bills, stress, the pains of reality. It's supposed to be a time to focus on learning, beauty, regenerating, family, friends and community. On holiness. And yet more frequently than not I go to shabbat tables where the conversation is business problems and what's wrong with this person. Often, no one has anything to say about the Torah portion, myself included.
The compliments on the bracelet are nice, the fact that it looks so chic is undeniably satisfying - but most importantly it reminds me what shabbat is really about. My shabbas house key is now the most beautiful, kosher and holy option that a shabbas house key can be and it reminds me to elevate everything else.