The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel. Uploaded by wolverine A chapter from the book 50 Spiritual Classics – Timeless Wisdom from 50 Great Books. In , the Jewish philosopher Abraham Joshua Heschel published a ‘ Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Sabbath: Its Meaningfor Modern Man (New York. The goal of Abraham Joshua Heschel’s The Sabbath is clear from the prologue: Heschel wishes to reestablish the Sabbath day as a.

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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.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: But, it has some interesting ideas and concepts that people of other faiths might find helpful as they try to understand and relate to their Creator.

He follows this with various stories gleaned from traditional sources on the meaning rabbis and prophets have found in the Sabbath. No trivia or quizzes yet.

In a civilization that cherishes production, tangible products carry utmost importance.

In so doing, we attain glimpses of eternity. 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.

We as humans have used physical space in which we have built temples where we worship our deities, defined by the notion that the deities reside in that space. Is it holy to us? So yeah, definitely a book I’ll be coming back to, and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in building an “architecture of time” for themselves. It is a day for praise, not a day for petitions.


Properly read, this book would be studied, i.

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If I could give it more than five stars, I would. Time is the presence of God in the world of space, and it is within time that we are able to sense the unity of all beings. It also got me thinking about Einsteinian time-space as a dimension, and how time travel isn’t physically impossible, but I digress.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here I remember one digital sabbath felt, for me, like I was on a vacation from my life: When a day like Wednesday arrives, the hours are blank, and unless we lend significance to them, they remain without character.

The Sabbath: Its Meaning for Modern Man

So the Sabbath becomes a day of re-creation, a day of holiness ” Its Meaning for Modern Man. This is a classic for a reason, or rather, for many reasons.

Jan 29, Angela rated it it was amazing Shelves: Eternity is not concerned with the commercial endeavors of this world, but rather sabbagh tranquility and peace, the absence of the need for such endeavors.

wabbath 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. Heschel here notes that Rome is often referred to as The Eternal City. The 1st and 3rd ‘thirds’ of the book were excellent.

Six days a week we wrestle with the world, wringing profit from the earth; on the Sabbath we especially care for the seed of eternity planted in the soul. In his teens he recei Heschel was a descendant of preeminent rabbinic families of Europe, both on his father’s Moshe Mordechai Heschel, who died of influenza in and mother’s Reizel Perlow Joshya side, and a descendant of Rebbe Avrohom Yehoshua Heshl of Apt and other abeaham.


One day a week, we are called to contemplate the mystery of creation, rather than focus on the created things themselves.

Things are our tools; eternity, the Sabbath, is our mate. But just think, if each of us reduced our personal assholism by just one seventh, how much better a world we would share with each other.

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Reality to us is thinghood, consisting of substances that occupy space; even God is conceived by most of us as a thing. There is much enthusiasm for the idea that God is present in the universe, but that idea is taken to mean His presence sabath space rather than in time, in nature rather than in history; as if He were a thing, not a spirit.

Driven by the panic that The Machine Stops induced, I try to aim for 2x a month: Abraham Heschel who was Professor of Ethics and Mysticism at the Jewish Theological Seminary, wrote this, his most famous work on how the Shabbat appears not in space, but rather in time.