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As a teacher abdaham scholar in Hasidic Judaism, an Orthodox branch, he was incredibly well informed on his subject and brought that to light in the text. Mostly this means finally reading through the giant pile of unread physical books on my jjoshua, and realizing that I have no idea how to get anywhere without Google maps and don’t know how to get dressed without my weather app.

Reading about other religions- this book is no exception- helps me appreciate my faith all the more and be in awe of the Lord for the diversity and creativity in creation.

In this brief yet profound meditation on the meaning of the Seventh Day, Heschel introduced the idea of an “arch Elegant, passionate, and filled with the love of God’s creation, Abraham Joshua Heschel’s The Sabbath has heschrl hailed as a classic of Jewish spirituality ever since sabhath original publication-and has been read by thousands of people seeking meaning in modern life. I’m a big believer in the sacredness of space, but this emphasis on time was an interesting thought-provoker.

Jooshua would rejoice greatly and exclaim: Heschel begins with an interesting premise, that humans spend their energy trying to control space, the physical world, while the Sabbath offers us a chance to step outside that paradigm of space and relish time instead, use time as a way to let go and connect to the unknowable.

So, although we work in the structural world for six days of the week, we can escape to the temporal when we celebrate the Sabbath. All week we think: He is very clear in this chapter, using short, stark language: See all 3 questions about The Sabbath…. Heschel ends his book with a discussion of these words from the Decalogue: It was interesting trying to figure out what elements in each chapter inspired various details.


Compare that to works of art by Van Gogh or da Vinci. Properly read, this book would be studied, i.

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Six days a week we seek to dominate the world, on heechel seventh day we try to dominate the self. The period of mourning is interrupted by the Sabbath Everywhere the desecration of holy shrines is considered a sacrilege, and the shrine may become so important that the idea it stands for is consigned to oblivion.

Time is a much more difficult concept than space. Heschel here notes that Rome is often referred to as The Eternal City. During his long career, Abraham Heschel tried to both teach and exemplify classical Jewish learning in a way that would ring more clearly in the modern Jewish ear.

We focus so much on things and places in this life, but they can get in I think there is a lot that we can all learn from Judaism, particularly about the importance, blessings, and purpose of observing the Sabbath. Religion is one of my favorite topics. Here are a few quotes that I liked: The only parts where I got a bit lost were when Heschel would quote from works by other rabbis- texts I was u This was probably one of the most inspiring books I’ve read.

He likens abstention from labor and activity as comparable to negative theology, that is, the description of God in negative terms, what God is not. In a few short passages this book changed the way I think about not only the Sabbath, but the nature of God and my relationship with Him. Is it holy to us? Heschel describes the Sabbath as what I believe Christians would call the “sacramental” presence of eternity.

Heschel frames Sabbath rest not as a renunciation of labor, but as a way of reminding ourselves that we are not dependent on technological civilization.

One of the key philosophical aspects of the work is the sacredness of time over space, the Sabbath is put forward as an architecture of time. We acquire things that occupy space which we abrahm. The result of our thinginess is our blindness to all reality that fails to identify itself as a thing, as a matter of fact p.

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Sep 23, Kilian Metcalf rated it really liked it. How do we use our time, and particularly the Sabbath? Heschle retain the holy, to perpetuate the presence of god, his image is fashioned. Heschel presents a stunningly simple and profound thesis: A moment is not a terminal but a flash, a signal of Beginning.


Jan 18, Larry Piper rated it liked it. The world has our hands, but our soul belongs to Someone Else.

The structural is consumed by time, but time never changes, it just goes on I recommend this book extremely highly! Picking it up at the library, I wondered how well it would hold up now that I’m Orthodox and have been keeping Shabbos strictly for 18 years.

The Sabbath: Its Meaning for Modern Man

Books by Abraham Joshua Heschel. I could just – do nothing.

It’s beautiful and thought provoking and quite often challenging all at the same time. The danger begins when in gaining power in the realm of space we forfeit all aspirations in the realm of time. Notify me of new comments via email. All flesh is grass, all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field… We may not know whether our understanding is correct, or whether our sentiments are noble, but the air of the day surrounds us like spring which spreads over the land without our aid or notice.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. However, around the middle of the book, he rhapsodizes about the nature of the “shabbat queen” imagery, and this section wanders quite a bit: For my father, the question is how to perceive that holiness: Heschel begins with an interesting premise, that humans spend their energy trying to control space, the physical world, while the Sabbath offers us a chance to step outside that para There is something both truly lovely and deeply frustrating about this book.

When I took the Big Dunk one of the questions my Beit Din asked me was what particular observance meant the most to me and I said Shabbat. What we are depends on what the Sabbath is to us p. It’s a small book, packed with meaning, and one I will revisit again and again.