Friday, January 13, 2012

Insights from Abraham Heschel's The Sabbath

Insights from The Sabbath by Abraham Heschel

1. Preparation for a holy day is as important as the day itself.

2. Sabbath is a time for joking and teasing.

3. Inner liberty depends upon being exempt from the domination of things and people.

4. Sabbath not only imitates God, but is a way to find God’s presence.

5. Sabbath is the presence of God in the world, open to the soul of man.

6. God is not in things of space, but in moments of time.

7. Observing Sabbath is both a refraining from work and a restful celebration.

8. Sabbath cares for the seed of eternity set in the soul.

9. The world has already been created and will survive without the help of man.

10. Sabbath is an opportunity to mend our broken lives.

11. The duty to work for six days is just as much a part of God’s covenant with man as the duty to abstain from work for one day.

12. Sabbath was given for joy, delight, rest and praise; it is a sin to be sad on the Sabbath.

13. Sabbath is no time for personal anxiety, and should not be marred by worry or grief.

14. Unless one learns how to appreciate Sabbath in this world, one cannot enjoy eternity in the world to come.

15. Rest on the Sabbath as if all your work were done.

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