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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The memorial becomes an aid to amnesia; the means stultify the end. The good is the base, the holy is the summit.

The Sabbath Quotes

I am, of course, missing a lot, and perhaps making some stuff up and didn’t have a clue what he was talking about when hoshua likened the Sabbath to a Bride to be celebrated at the wedding feast. But this didn’t hinder my understanding. It’s beautiful and thought provoking and quite often challenging all at the same time. To retain the holy, to perpetuate the presence of god, his image is fashioned. For things of heschhel are at the mercy of man. It was God who sanctified the seventh day.

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: He seeks to create a harmony between labor and rest, that both may exist in a mutually beneficial relationship. The only parts where I got a bit lost were when Heschel would quote from works by other rabbis- texts I was u This was probably one of the most inspiring books I’ve read.

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.

Heschel teaches me much about sacramentality and liturgy in my abeaham 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. In a way, it reminds me of my experience in reading Rumi: I realized that Heschel and Isaacson were really talking about the same thing — spirituality.


Was it an altar? Things are our tools; eternity, the Sabbath, is our mate. Continuing my education on the third commandment and why we need to take it seriously.

The Sabbath then is a palace in time, to which we bring ourselves; after the six days of the week, we are to leave the tyranny of things to become attuned to holiness in time. So this didn’t feel like a book for either novices abrahqm scholars.

The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel

It is not an interlude but the climax of living p. I would want that to over-flood all seven days of the week and beyond.

Its Meaning for Modern Man. We focus so much on things and places in this life, but they can get in the way of eternal goals and precious time. Rabbi Heschel is clearly one of the great spiritual thinkers of the 20th century. It was believed that eternity could be captured in huge public monuments that would, because of their grandeur, presumably stand forever. This is obvious in th understanding of time, which, being thingless and insubstantial, appears to us as if it had no reality.

When a day like Wednesday arrives, the hours are blank, and unless we lend significance to them, they remain without character. The Sabbath helped me see and think about Shabbat in new ways that can make it even more special. I especially liked his descriptions of space and time, how the Sabbath is an architecture of time–a temple sanctuary that is not bound to place.

We must not forget that it is not a hescuel that lends significance to a moment; it is the moment that lends significance to things. Jan 02, Jeremy rated it it was amazing Shelves: And the Shabbat is Judaism’s greatest “temple.

How extremely significant is the fact that it is applied to time: 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 heschhel. I had been meaning to read this ever since I heard The Distraction Addiction ‘s author, Alex Pang, on the now sadly defunct Buddhist Geeks podcast, wabbath about a really good book about the Sabbath, written by Rabbi Abraham Heschel.


I remember one digital sabbath felt, for me, like I was on a vacation from my life: I especially liked his descriptions of 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.

Heschel uses chapter six to hedge slightly on the metaphors used in the previous three chapters. To observe the Sabbath is to celebrate the coronation of a day in the spiritual wonderland of time All week we think: Jul 05, Amar Pai rated it liked it. Jan 29, Angela rated it it was amazing Shelves: I did really enjoy the illustrative woodcuts at the beginning of each chapter; beautiful and rich with symbolism.

The Sabbath Quotes by Abraham Joshua Heschel

I was also convicted by the idea that the six days are building up to the sabbath, rather than the sabbath being sqbbath day that prepares us gives us energy basically for the next six days of work. Rabbi Heschel’s reflection on Sabbath-keeping is poetic, philosophical, and mystical. In so doing, we attain glimpses of eternity. Oct 12, Daniel rated it really liked it Shelves: It also reminded joshya of a wonderful talk by Elder D.

He differentiates betw This was selected by my Jewish philosophy book club, and on the whole our impression was favorable. Rather, it is paradoxically the creation of an absence. A moment is not a terminal but a flash, a signal of Beginning.