A Spice of Shabbat
Legends Book – Bavli Shabbat, 119:1
Our Rabbi prepared a meal for Antoninus for Shabbat. He brought him a dish of cool food. The latter ate from the meal and enjoyed it. He then prepared a dish for him on a weekday and brought him boiling food. Antoninus remarked:
"The former dish was tastier than this one."
So the Rabbi said:
"One spice is missing in this dish".
"Does the king's warehouse lack anything?"
The Rabbi responded:
"It lacks Shabbat – have you got Shabbat"?