The Gift of Rest: Rediscovering the Beauty of the Sabbath

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The Gift of Rest: Rediscovering the Beauty of the Sabbath

Format:  Hardcover,

230 pages

Publisher: Howard Books

Publish Date: Aug 2011

ISBN-13: 9781451606171

ISBN-10: 1451606176

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The Sabbath is a gift that Senator Joe Lieberman, as an observant Jew, received from his parents who, in turn, received it from their parents, who received it from generations of Jews before them. According to ancient tradition, the line of transmission extends back to Moses at Mt. Sinai, who received the Sabbath as the fourth of the Ten Commandments. In this book, Lieberman will offer the gift of Sabbath observance a gift that has anchored, ordered, and inspired his life to readers of all faiths.
In the past century, the Sabbath has fallen on hard times. It is thought of as just another day or as a time to squeeze in some extra errands or recreation that you may have missed during the workweek. The weekend passes in a blur of often meaningless activity. Combining personal and political memoir with history and broadly informed religious reflection, this book is a practical how-to guide, with simple suggestions for introducing the Sabbath into your own life. It will be a very personal book, yet also one animated by reflections on history and larger social trends. It will also include profound reflections of both classical and modern Jewish sages, from the Talmud and the ancient Jewish prayer book, the Siddur, to Maimonides, to Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and Rabbi Soloveitchik.

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Publisher: Howard Books
Publish Date: Aug 2011
ISBN-13: 9781451606171
ISBN-10: 1451606176
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 230
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.8
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.7 x 1.0 x 8.5
Walmart No.: 9781451606171

Chapter outline

Author's Notep. ix
Introduction: The Gift of the Sabbathp. 1
Sabbath Eve: Preparations, Physical and Spiritual: Friday Afternoonp. 9
Kabbalat Shabbat: Welcoming the Sabbath: Friday Evening Servicep. 33
The Shabbat Meal: Honoring God Blessing Each Other: Friday Night at Homep. 49
Sunset, Sunrise: Intimacy, Human and Divine: Friday Night & Saturday Morningp. 71
Morning Prayers: The Covenant of Destiny: Saturday Morning Prayersp. 89
The Torah Reading: Revering God's Word: Saturday Morningp. 111
The Gift of Leisure: Honoring God with Our Rest: Saturday Afternoonp. 135
Interrupting the Sabbath: Discerning the Greater Goodp. 159
Leaving the Sabbath: Making Wise Distinctions: Saturday Eveningp. 181
The Six Days of Labor: Working with a Purposep. 207
Conclusion: Making Your Own Sabbathp. 221
Acknowledgmentsp. 225
Appendix: Further Reading and Resourcesp. 227

Book description

The Sabbath is a gift that Senator Joe Lieberman, as an observant Jew, received from his parents who, in turn, received it from their parents, who received it from generations of Jews before them. According to ancient tradition, the line of transmission extends back to Moses at Mt. Sinai, who received the Sabbath as the fourth of the Ten Commandments. In this book, Lieberman will offer the gift of Sabbath observance—a gift that has anchored, ordered, and inspired his life—to readers of all faiths.

In the past century, the Sabbath has fallen on hard times. It is thought of as just another day or as a time to squeeze in some extra errands or recreation that you may have missed during the workweek. The weekend passes in a blur of often meaningless activity. Combining personal and political memoir with history and broadly informed religious reflection, this book is a practical how-to guide, with simple suggestions for introducing the Sabbath into your own life.

It will be a very personal book, yet also one animated by reflections on history and larger social trends. It will also include profound reflections of both classical and modern Jewish sages, from the Talmud and the ancient Jewish prayer book, the Siddur, to Maimonides, to Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and Rabbi Soloveitchik.

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