Tag: Sabbath

Make Your Own Sabbath: Chill-Out!

 

For those of us who are pretty independent and don’t like anyone telling us what to do (I assume that is at least 75% of the people who follow Ricochet!), the idea of a Sabbath might be unattractive, to say the least, and distasteful at worst. But over the last couple of years, I’ve come to my own understanding about the Sabbath, how not only Jews and Christians can benefit from it, but everyone needs to have at least one Sabbath day each week. This is what I figured out:

In Judaism, G-d tells us that we must observe the Sabbath day and to keep it holy. I’m not the most observant Jew, but even with those mitzvot I follow, I realized why there are so many rules to Shabbat: because G-d knows we will cheat! And the only ones we will cheat are ourselves!

I believe the restrictions for Shabbat are in place because G-d knows that no matter how determined He is to give us a day of rest, we won’t do it with our hearts and souls. We’ll write a new post for Ricochet; we’ll do just a little laundry; we’ll do one more row on our knitting. I don’t claim to know all the other restrictions determined by the rabbis to keep us from breaking the Sabbath, but they are myriad. I think that is because they knew that G-d genuinely cares deeply about us. He wants us to experience the peacefulness of taking a break from “creating” all week (as He did in the beginning); he wants us to appreciate the fullness of a restful day, the joy of reflecting on life, the beauty of reading spiritual works on this special day; and the opportunity to reach out to Him in our desire to be closer to Him and know holiness.

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Poland seems to be one of the few countries in the world that does not care about what the rest of the world does or thinks about her, especially what the European Union thinks. Poland’s lower legislative house overwhelmingly (254 to 156 with 23 abstention) passed a ban on Sunday shopping to preserve the Lord’s […]

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The Challenge: 10 cents has offered a challenge. This is an entry in completing my goal. The Background: I belong to a Unity Church. Unity was originally formed as a publishing company, Unity Tract Society, and publishing magazines and books has long been a large part of what Unity does. One of its long-time staple […]

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What Ever Happened to the Sabbath Here in the United States?

 

imgresPaul Rahe’s lovely account of the Sabbath in Jerusalem, below, got me to wondering: What ever happened to the Sabbath here in this country?

When I was a kid — not all that long ago — we still had enough of a sense of the Christian Sabbath, Sunday, that very few stores were ever open. It would never have so much as occurred to coaches to schedule Little League games, say, for Sunday. On the one occasion I can recall on which I wanted to meet some friends to see a movie (which, in those days, required going to an actual movie theater), I had to get special permission from my father to do so.

That world is gone — all gone. Commerce is just as heavy on Sunday as on Saturday. My kids compete in sports events on Sunday as if it were, again, just a second Saturday. And it’s not just that a sense of the Sabbath has disappeared from the wider culture. I can’t recall ever hearing a priest devote a homily to keeping the Sabbath set apart for prayers and family — for that matter, I can’t recall hearing a priest so much as mention the Sabbath.

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It’s Friday night. My family is gathered around our dining room table. The china and silverware gleam, offset by a white tablecloth. There is a nice bottle of wine — the adults aren’t driving tonight, no one has anywhere else to be — and the wineglasses capture the light of the candles on the sideboard. […]

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