The Sabbath

Its Meaning for Modern Man

118 pages

English language

Published Aug. 21, 1975 by Noonday Press.

ISBN:
9780374512675
OCLC Number:
535480

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3 stars (1 review)

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: it finds meaning not in space and the material things that fill it but in time and the eternity that imbues it, so that "the Sabbaths are our great cathedrals."

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3 stars

I read this book because it seemed to have an interesting perspective on our relationship with time. The good news is, it does! One thing that the author returns to over and over is the idea that we are focused on dominating the literal space around us during most of our lives; however that ignores the temporal aspect of life, which we should attend to via the Sabbath. I think that's a powerful idea, that the temporal and spatial aspects of our lives are both important and both require our attention.

I'm not Jewish, at all, and as such share very little of the cultural, religious, and literary context of the author. He talks a lot about stuff in the Bible, and I'm never quite sure if he believes in the Bible being the literal word of God - so a lot of his textual analysis falls on uncomprehending eyes, …

Subjects

  • Sabbath.