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!

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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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Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. More

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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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Note: My Internet was down for several days, so I have not been able to post my updates until now. It’s a quintuple helping today. The Challenge: 10 cents has offered a challenge. This is an entry in completing my goal. More

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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.

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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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