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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 life 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 it finds meaning not in space and the material things that fill it but in time and the eternity that imbues it so that the Sabbaths are our great cathedralsElegant 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 life 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 it finds meaning not in space and the material things that fill it but in time and the eternity that imbues it so that the Sabbaths are our great cathedralsElegant 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 life 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 it finds meaning not in space and the material things that fill it but in time and the eternity that imbues it so that the Sabbaths are our great cathedrals


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    Abraham Heschel 1907 72 was one of the foremost Jewish scholars and theologians of the 20th century as well as an activist he joined Rev Martin Luther King on marches and prolific author On the evidence of this beautiful book he was also something of a poetic mysticThis handsomely bound and stunningly illustrated meditation on the theme of the Sabbath in all its aspects and implications is just that a meditation Professor Heschel again and again suggests that the Sabbath is than merely a 'day of rest' but rather a temporal epitome of the divine the holy given to us to not only 'rest from our labours' but help create a time of restoration serenity peace renewalWe in the and secular world we inhabit have all but discarded the whole idea of a Sabbath be it Jewish or Christian This benignly argued book convinces me of what we have lost I say 'benignly argued' but beneath the sincerity and compassion of Heschel's words is a rigorously intelligent mind at work Using dozens of examples from both the Old Testament and Jewish scholars down the ages he builds his case for the spiritual as well as social necessity indeed the intrinsic meaning of the SabbathHis central idea and one which elevates this book into a philosophical meditation is the essential importance of time and its literally eternal mystery 'Eternity utters a day' as Heschel puts itThe final chapters rise crescendo like to a most moving stirring last few pages on the very nature of time in relation to the spiritual and crucially in relation to space by 'space' he means all that is spatial contingent Perhaps this is best exemplified in this passage near the endCreation we are taught is not an act that happened once upon a time once and for ever The act of bringing the world into existence is a continuous process God called the world into being and that call goes on There is this present moment because God is present Every instant is an act of creation A moment is not a terminal but a flash a signal of Beginning Time is perpetual innovation a synonym for continuous creation Time is God`s gift to the world of spaceBut this is an endlessly quotable book one to re read dip into open at random Always will be found food for thought and contemplationWith a touching introduction by his daughter writer scholar Susannah Heschel which among other things gives a loving picture of life chez Heschel and the many vivid wood engravings by Ilya Schor adorning each brief but brimming chapter this unique book is both a work of art and a timely reminder 60 years after its composition of the beauty and necessity of what we have all but lostA beautiful book