Zohar - II 089 - Shabbat
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Zohar II 89
Rabbi Yehuda said: It is indeed so, and therefore it is written, "Remember the Shabbat day to keep it holy" (Ex. 20:8) and: "You shall be holy, for I, the L-rd your G-d, am Holy" (Lev. 19:2) and, "And call the Shabbat a delight, the honorable holiness of G-d."
We have learned that on this day all the souls of the righteous delight in the pleasures of Atika Kadisha, the most hidden of all. One spirit of this delight of Atika Kadisha, is extended through all the worlds. It ascends and descends and spreads abroad to all the holy children, to all the guardians of the Torah so that they enjoy perfect rest, forgetting all cares, all penalties and all hard service, as it is written: "And it shall come to pass on the day that G-d shall give you rest from your sorrow and from your anger, and from the hard work which you were made to do". (Isaiah 14:3)
Therefore the Shabbat is weighed equally to all the Torah, and he who keeps the Shabbat is regarded as one who fulfills the whole Torah. It is written: "Fortunate is the man that does this, and the son of man that grasps it, that keeps the Shabbat from being profaned, and keeps his hand from doing any evil". (Isaiah 56:2) From this we understand that he who keeps the Shabbat is as if he kept the whole Torah.