Mikra Kodesh: Shabbat and Festivals
In Devarim it is commanded to gather — Hakhel — at the end of the Sabbatical year.
But is there a command to gather together on (every) Shabbat or the Moadim?
Of course Vayikra 23 calls such moments Mikra Kodesh or Holy Convocations, but do these really imply that we should gather and keep these days together? Or are these just general statements in order that we should just proclaim these days as different as the other days and keep the holiness of these specific moments? The words “mikra kodesh” could be taken to mean “a declaration of sanctity,” referring to the holiness of a day or appointed time. While translated as “a holy convocation” it refers to a group of people assembled for a special purpose; they are called together for a holy meeting, “a set-apart-gathering.”
So the question is: If we are really commanded to gather on these days and appointed times, or that these days and appointed times are only to be declared as holy days; i.e. are to be set apart from all other days?