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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I don’t practice Judaism, but I don’t think you need to be Jewish to appreciate its very powerful wisdom: While Jewish tradition offers us no definition of the concept of eternity, it tells us how to experience the taste of eternity or eternal life within time. It is also in this chapter that Heschel walks back slightly from a claim he made in chapter five, namely that humanity works with God as co-sanctifier of the Sabbath.

Short Excerpts from The Sabbath Time and space are interrelated.

For things of space are at the mercy of man. I wasn’t sure what the various chapters added up to, how the different parts were necessary to the whole. Ok, I’m already converted to the concept and live it to the best of my ability Jun 13, Mary Alice rated it it was amazing Shelves: Yet a god who can be fashioned, a god who can be confined, is but a shadow of man About Abraham Joshua Heschel.

Heschel begins with an interesting premise, that humans spend their energy trying to control space, the physical world, while the Sabbath offers us a chance to step outside that paradigm of space and relish time instead, use time as a way to let go and connect to the unknowable.

Jul 05, Amar Pai rated it liked it.

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Jan 18, Larry Piper rated it liked it. All we create, even our mightiest structures, e.

It is a day for praise, not a day for petitions. This coveting is a deep and passionate longing for the Sabbath, and the peace its observance instills.


The difference between the two views is again a question of space versus time. 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. 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. 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.

But this didn’t hinder my understanding. Jul 30, Michelle Jones rated it really liked it. Now what was the first holy object in the history of the world? 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. He likens abstention from labor and activity as comparable to negative theology, that is, the description of God in negative terms, what God is not.

I love the idea of 6-winged angels, and the ideas of pa Overall, this was a wonderful book, and I must thank Rabbi for recommending it to me.

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. Heschel’s book captures the philosophical underpinnings of that sense of joy, if not the joy itself. Feb 27, Soren Schmidt rated it it was amazing. 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.

You get attuned to the seasons. For Heschel, this is how we are to join world and spirit: Overall, this was a wonderful book, and I must thank Rabbi for recommending it to me. Yet a god who can be fashioned, a god who can be confined, is but a shadow of man. I opened the book and started reading and on the first page Heschel started writing about space. 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.


The 1st and 3rd ‘thirds’ of the book were excellent. A short book, it is full of rich, deep truths and insights.

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 A love story about Shabbat, written in the most amazingly respectful and reverent language that easily communicates the hallowed feeling of the day, and why you might want to keep Shabbat, too. Todd Christofferson called “A Sense of the Sacred. This was selected by my Jewish philosophy book club, and on the whole our impression was favorable.

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. The way they honor the Sabbath is remarkable and causes me to pause and think about my devotion and commitment to God. Heschel uses chapter six to hedge slightly on the metaphors used in the previous three chapters.

According to Heschel, this attention to the merely physical blinds us to other realities. Jun 24, Jonathan rated it it was amazing Shelves: It teh a matter of expressing a value rather than a fact.

The Sabbath: Its Meaning for Modern Man

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: I think Heschel would understand what I want to do because this book is obviously written for that concept. But the book felt repetitive, disorganized, and underdeveloped.

How do we use our time, and particularly the Sabbath? Mar 03, Julie Davis rated it really liked it. As I understand it, this arises from Judaism being a faith of history – it is tied to key moments in Is “Eternity utters a day.