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 opened the book and started reading and on the first page Heschel started writing about space. I realized that Heschel and Isaacson were really talking about the same thing hechel spirituality. I could just – do nothing. 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. Although I have to admit that the three rabbis parable is leaving me a bit stranded jlshua it goes on for some time.

This is a short, rather interesting reflection on the institution of the Sabbath, as in “remember tge Sabbath Day to keep it holy”. Lists with This Book. Though too sacred to be polluted, they are not too sacred to be exploited.

Building out from the contention, Heschel has composed a beautifully-written defense of the practice of Sabbath, why God commands it, why it is good for the soul, and ultimately why it is good for the earth and humanity.

This is an absolute must-read for anyone trying to understand and experience holiness.


Review of The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel | oh dang, i’m in SEMINARY?

Heschel wishes to reestablish the Sabbath day as a celebration of holiness in time. I’m sure I barely scratched the surface of the concepts that Heschel wishes to communicate. In the middle he is working with a parable that I didn’t understand so I couldn’t really connect to it.

This is our constant problem—how to live with people and remain free, how to live with things and remain independent. Though too sacred to be polluted, they are not too sacred to be exploited. For the Sabbath is joy, holiness, and wbraham joy is part of hesschel world; holiness and rest are something of the world to come.

Rabbi Heschel’s reflection on Sabbath-keeping is poetic, philosophical, and mystical. In chapter eight, Heschel establishes the Sabbath as a glimpse of the world to come, of eternity. I had been meaning to read this ever since I heard The Distraction Addiction abarham author, Alex Pang, on the hewchel sadly defunct Buddhist Geeks podcast, talking about a really good book about the Sabbath, written by Rabbi Abraham Heschel.

Fasting, mourning, demonstrations of grief are forbidden.

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. Return to Book Page. He would rejoice greatly and exclaim: It also got me thinking about Einsteinian time-space as a dimension, and how time travel isn’t physically rhe, but I digress.

During his long career, Abraham Heschel tried to both teach and exemplify classical Jewish learning in a way that would ring more clearly in the modern Jewish ear. All flesh is grass, all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field… We may not know whether our understanding is correct, or whether our sentiments are noble, but the air of the day surrounds us like spring which spreads over the land without our aid or notice.


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. A dear friend and mentor reccommended this book to me quite a while ago, and I’ve only now finished it.

That is to say that we experience holiness in time and the eternity that imbues it and not in material things or places.

The Sabbath: Its Meaning for Modern Man

Heschel was in love with the Sabbath. 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.

I think there is a lot that we can all learn from Judaism, particularly about the importance, blessings, and purpose of observing the Sabbath.

He talks about the joyous preparations of the Sabbath, and the importance of breaking enslavement to the material heschrl. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. One nice thing about religion is that practicing it makes you very aware of the cyclical nature of time.