Sabbath & Contemporary Life
Among the core religious practices of Judaism is the weekly celebration of Shabbat, the Sabbath. The great Jewish theologian and social activist, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, referred to the Sabbath as a “Palace in Time,” a day of rest, reflection, and reconnection.
In our contemporary age, when so much of life moves so quickly, Shabbat comes every Friday at sunset and beckons us to pause from our work-a-day routines and celebrate the gifts of life.
Importantly, the power of Shabbat is not restricted to the one day a week we celebrate it; by observing various Sabbath practices we can learn how to live the rest of the week with a greater sense of purpose and balance.
In this study unit, you will explore various ideas about Shabbat, some of its traditional practices, and the relationship between Shabbat and the rest of the week. In the process, we hope this will stimulate your thinking about your relationship to time, to your core values and priorities as a Christian, and to the role of spiritual practice in your life.
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