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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One other interesting note was his use of the imagery of marriage, of Sabbath being the bride or the queen. I recommend this book extremely highly!

Beyond that, my key point sahbath interest and my reason for reading the book, was to think more about the general concept of sabbath and rest.

It was God who sanctified the seventh day. The joy and celebration, especially the dancing, with which the Jewish people there greeted the coming of the Sabbath was something I’d never before experienced, let alone associated with religious observance. Things created conceal the Creator. In a discussion of how humanity and the Sabbath should be joined, he makes allusions to two biblical passages traditionally used in marriage rites: Jul 05, Amar Pai rated it liked it.

Now what hesxhel the first holy object in the history of the world? The structural is consumed by time, but time never changes, it just goes on Things are our tools; eternity, the Sabbath, is our mate. A brilliant work, wabbath for those with broad familiarity with Judaism and for one seeking something of the depth and spirituality of the tradition beyond the introductory.

Oct 12, Daniel rated it really liked it Shelves: I think there is a lot that we can all learn from Judaism, particularly about the importance, blessings, and purpose of observing the Sabbath.


The condition runs so deep, in fact, that Heschel describes our reality itself as being comprised of tangible objects: This is an absolute must-read ojshua anyone trying to understand and experience holiness. I light the candles and serve B a nice Shabbat meal before we cozy xbraham to spend some quiet time together. While there are no surprises here, it’s a worthwhile read — poetic, thoughtful, beautiful.

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It also reminded me of a wonderful talk by Elder D. Because of books like The Sabbath, Heschel became one of the most influential modern philosophers of religion, acclaimed by Christian groups as well as Jewish ones.

Was it an altar? Even religions are frequently dominated by the notion that the deity resides in space, within particular localities like yeschel, forests, trees or stones, which are, therefore, singled out as holy places; the deity is bound to a particular land; holiness a quality associated with things of space, and the primary question is: Shrinking, therefore, from facing time, we escape for shelter to things of space.

I wasn’t sure what the various chapters added up to, how the different parts were necessary to the whole. Now Shabbat has become absolutely sacred time for B and myself. Reality to us is thinghood, consisting of substances that occupy space; even God is conceived by most of us as a thing.

The Sabbath: Its Meaning for Modern Man

Spirituality exists in our minds, our thoughts, and in our memories. Fasting, mourning, demonstrations of grief are forbidden.

In chapter eight, Heschel establishes the Sabbath as a glimpse of the world to come, of eternity. In a way, it reminds me of my experience in reading Rumi: A moment is not a terminal but a flash, a signal of Beginning.

Reality to us is thinghood, consisting I’ll just post some quotes from the book to make you think: 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.


His objective here is to present a complementary view of the world and the spirit. Sep 23, Kilian Metcalf rated it really liked it.

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It is a matter of expressing a value rather than a fact. I’ll just post some quotes abrahwm the book to make you think: Paperbackpages.

At the same time, there were definitely parts I didn’t understand, probably because I am looking in from the outside. However, his book is understandable and respectful to those not of this faith. Heschel presents a stunningly simple and profound thesis: It is not a place, or an object, but the seventh day. In this brief yet profound meditation on the meaning of the Seventh Day, Heschel hecshel 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.

Six days a week we live under the tyranny of things of space; on the Sabbath we try to become attuned to holiness in time.

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