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Elegant, passionate, and filled with the love of God’s creation, Abraham Joshua Heschel’s The Sabbath has been hailed as a classic of Jewish spirituality ever since its original publication-and has been read by thousands of people seeking meaning in modern life.
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 been hailed as a classic of Jewish spirituality ever since its original publication-and has been read by thousands of people seeking meaning in modern life.
In this brief yet profound meditation on the meaning of the Seventh Day, Heschel introduced the idea of an “architecture of holiness” that appears not in space but in time Judaism, he argues, is a religion of time: Paperbackpages. Published August 17th by Farrar, Straus and Giroux first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Sep 23, Kilian Metcalf rated it really liked it. I could feel the gears shifting in my head as I read this Jewish classic on the importance of sanctifying time instead of space. I’m sure I barely scratched the surface of the concepts that Heschel wishes to communicate. To plumb the depths will require rereading and reflection.
It’s a small book, packed with meaning, and one I will revisit again and again. Jul 30, Michelle Jones rated it really araham it. Heschel was in love with the Sabbath. Seriously in love with it and its place abrahm Judaism and the world. This page book is love song to it. When I dabbath 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.
At the time my Shabbat observance was only a fraction of what it is now but even then it really was sabbat sanctification of time for me. Now Shabbat has become absolutely sacred time for B and myself. The Heschwl helped me see and think about Shabbat in new ways that can make it even more special.
Then I get to start looking forward to shopping on Friday morning and spending Friday afternoon cooking and preparing for Shabbat. I light the candles and serve B a nice Shabbat meal before we cozy in to spend some quiet time together. Then on Shabbat morning she makes me breakfast before I go to shul. Oct 12, Daniel rated it really liked it Shelves: I really liked this book.
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As a Christian, reading a Jewish perspective on Sabbath, one that seemed to draw on so much of Jewish tradition that I didn’t know of, was a very rich experience for me. At the same time, there were definitely parts I didn’t understand, probably because I am looking in from the outside.
Heschel speaks of Sabbath as a “palace in time”. In a world where we work with Space, using our time to create things, build, make, the sabbath is a time to cease in our obsession with s I really liked this book. In a world where we work with Space, using our time to create things, build, make, the sabbath is a time to cease in our obsession with space and live in the presence of time.
I am very drawn to this idea, this idea that time is the bedrock upon which we do all that God calls us to.
I was also convicted by the idea that the six days are building up to the sabbath, rather than the sabbath being the day that prepares us gives us energy basically for the next six days of work. The 1st and 3rd ‘thirds’ of the book were excellent. In the middle he is working with a parable that I didn’t understand so I couldn’t really connect to it.
One other interesting note was his use of the imagery of marriage, of Sabbath being the bride or the queen. In that, he finds an ability to commune with the Spirit on the sabbath, for it is a symbol of eternity and of the reality of heaven. I recommend it to people interested in a fresh, more poetic vision of the sabbath. Feb 27, Soren Schmidt rated it it was amazing. Heschel presents a stunningly simple and profound thesis: 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.
This is an absolute must-read for anyone trying to understand and experience holiness. Mar 03, Julie Davis rated it really liked it. Continuing my education on the third commandment and why we need to take it seriously. Ok, I’m already converted to the concept and live it to the best of my ability I think Heschel would understand what I want to do because this book is obviously written for that concept.
Although I have to admit that the three rabbis parable is leaving me a bit stranded as it goes on for some time. I meant to add that observing the sacred Continuing my education on the third commandment and why we need to take it seriously.
I meant to add that observing the sacred with a liturgical calendar is familiar to Catholic thinking since our liturgical calendar is key to our worship. That only makes sense since Christianity rose from Jewish founders who adapted their familiar worship to the revelations of Christ. However, Heschel’s “cathedral of time” elevates this to something new and beautiful. View all 3 comments. Dec 31, Melody rated it really liked it Shelves: Heschel teaches me much about sacramentality and liturgy in my own Christian tradition by guiding me to a richer understanding of how the Jewish tradition understands the sacredness of time as a gift of divine presence in the lives of God’s people.
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Lyrical and erudite, the book facilitates Sabbath: Jun 13, Mary Alice rated it it was amazing Shelves: I’ll just post some quotes from the book to make you think: There is a realm of time where the goal is not to have but to be, not to own but to give, not to control but to share, not to subdue but to be in accord.
Life goes wrong when the control heschek space, the acquisition of things of space, becomes our sole concern. In our daily lives we attend primarily to that which the senses are spelling out for us: Reality to us is thinghood, consisting I’ll just post some quotes from the book to make you think: Reality to us is thinghood, consisting of substances that occupy space; even God is conceived by most of us as a thing. The result of our thinginess is our blindness to all reality that fails to identify itself as a thing, as a matter of fact.
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.
There are many who have acquired a high degree of political and social liberty, but only very abrahqm are not enslaved to things. This is our constant problem—how to live with people and remain free, how to live with things and remain independent. This is obvious in our understanding of time, which, being thingless and insubstantial, appears to us as if it had no reality. Hesfhel of us seem to labor for the sake of things of space. As a result we suffer from a deeply rooted dread of time and stand aghast when compelled to look into its face.
Shrinking, therefore, from facing time, we escape for shelter to things of space. The intentions we are unable to carry out we deposit in space; possessions become the symbols of our repressions, jubilees of frustrations. But things of space are not fireproof; they only add fuel to the flames. Aug 15, Shira rated it it was amazing. Overall, this was a wonderful book, and I must thank Rabbi for recommending it to me.
Heschel makes this book, and the idea of Shabbat, accessible for those of all faiths or even none. On page 14 he cites Philo’s excellent use of terms that the ancient Greeks jpshua understood, those of athletics, to explain his concept, but points out on page 18 that even in Rome, bread and circuses were not enough.
Mankind needs sacred time as well. I love the idea of 6-winged angels, and the ideas of pa Overall, this was a wonderful book, and I must ioshua Rabbi for recommending it to me.
I love the idea of 6-winged angels, and the ideas of paradise, spirit as our mates, and time sabbatg re-ensoul ourselves through contemplation. I had a real Wow moment on page 89 at his comment that “Nothing is as hard to surpress as the will to be a slave to one’s own pettiness Aug 02, Joel Wentz rated it it was amazing. This is a classic for a reason, or rather, for many reasons. Rabbi Heschel’s reflection on Sabbath-keeping is poetic, philosophical, and mystical. Even the act of reading it is a peaceful, meditative experience, and this is one that I could easily see myself returning to year after year, simply to keep the insights within it fresh and present.
The central contention of his argument is that the Jewish tradition poses an alternative to the religions, governments, philosophies of heschell world. This al This is a classic for a reason, or rather, for many reasons. This alternative is the sanctification of time, rather than the sanctification of space. Building out from the contention, Heschel has composed a beautifully-written defense of the practice of Sabbath, why God commands it, why it is good for the soul, and ultimately why it is good for the earth and humanity.
I recommend this book extremely highly! Aug 14, rivka rated it liked it Shelves: