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 presents a stunningly simple and profound thesis: Heschel goes on to propose that the old man carrying herbs in preparation for the Sabbath is analogous to the preparations made before a wedding. To retain the holy, to perpetuate the presence of god, his image is fashioned.

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I especially liked his descriptions hescnel space and time, how the Sabbath is a I’ve had a holy envy of the Jewish Sabbath ever since being at the Western Wall on a Friday evening in Jerusalem.

We all take part in a procession through its realm which never comes to an end but are unable to gain a foothold in it. But time is the heart of existence.

I could just – do nothing. Eternity is attained by dedicating one’s life to the word of God p. As I understand it, this arises from Judaism being a faith of history – it is tied to key moments in Israel’s story, theologically couched in eternity. However, Heschel’s “cathedral of time” elevates this to something new and beautiful. Want to Read saving….


Lyrical and erudite, the book facilitates Sabbath: Accept all excellence from me That only makes sense since Christianity rose from Jewish founders who adapted their familiar worship to the revelations of Christ. Sep 23, Kilian Metcalf rated it really liked it. This page book is love song to it. This addition to chapter eight seems an unnecessary hedge on an important point; Heschel joshuz retreats too far into a conservative position. 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.

The Sabbath possesses a holiness like that of the abgaham to come p. This entry was posted in Schoolin’ and tagged HeschelreviewsSabbath.

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It also reminded me of a wonderful talk by Elder D. See all 3 questions about The Sabbath….

We focus so much on things and places in this life, but they can get in the way of eternal goals and precious time. The Sabbath Quotes Showing of Heschel describes the Sabbath as what I believe Christians would call the “sacramental” presence of eternity. The spirit is too far away, and we succumb to spiritual absenteeism, or at best we pray: While there are no surprises here, hescuel a worthwhile read — poetic, thoughtful, beautiful. The Sabbath can transform ones spirituality, to which anyone who has been wabbath Jerusalem on Shabbat can attest.

Things are our tools; eternity, the Sabbath, is our mate. At the end of a concert, all we have is our experience with our impression of the performance in our memory. But this didn’t hinder my understanding. It is a matter of expressing a value rather than a fact. His objective here is to present a complementary view of the world and the spirit.


This alternative is the sanctification of time, rather than the sanctification of space. Though too sacred to be polluted, they are not too sacred to be exploited. 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. He talks about the joyous preparations of the Sabbath, and the importance of breaking enslavement to the material world.

This was probably one of the most inspiring books I’ve read. 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.

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This requires the reader to slow the pace of reading, in a manner analogous to the slowing of pace during the observance of the Sabbath itself. Continuing my education on the third commandment and why we need to take it seriously. But if I was less educated, I think I would have been completely lost.