Do you have multiple cell phones? Take your iPad to the beach on vacation? Ever find it hard to get through a conversation without posting an update to Facebook? Is your computer always on?
Shabbos (or Shabbat, in modern Hebrew) is the Jewish Sabbath, which starts from Friday right before sundown, and carries through until about an hour after nightfall on Saturday evening. During this time, traditional Jews refrain from certain activities classified as “labor” – in other words, it is a “day of rest”. No iPhones, no laptop, no Twitter (unless you set it up to run in advance, which could be the subject of a whole other post).