Heschel, for your Sabbath Day #4

To the Romans technical civilization was the highest goal, and time for the sake of space.  To Rabbi Shimeon spiritual life was the highest goal, and time for the sake of eternity.  His conclusive comfort was: in spite of all dedication to temporal things, there was a destiny that would…

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Along the Road to Perfection: Reflections on Psalm 119 #5 (He)

Once again, we recap the journey: Aleph (vv. 1-8): the horizon is perfection Beth (vv. 9-16): the path is God’s gracious speech Gimel (vv. 17-24): the commitment to Yahweh’s “way” makes us by definition strange (something we’ll have to grow increasingly comfortable with) Daleth (vv. 25-32): sooner or later, followers of Yahweh “hit the…

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Along the Road to Perfection: Reflections on Psalm 119: #4 (Daleth)

Let us recount the journey so far: Aleph (vv. 1-8): the horizon is perfection Beth (vv. 9-16): the path is God’s gracious speech Gimel (vv. 17-24): the commitment to Yahweh’s “way” makes us by definition strange (something we’ll have to grow increasingly comfortable with) And so the next leg (each line beginning with the…

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Heschel, for your Sabbath Day (#3)

On Fridays (since it’s the Arndt family “Sabbath”), I’ve been posting little snippets here on the blog from Abraham Heschel’s marvelous little book The Sabbath (if you haven’t done it yet, for goodness sakes, please buy it soon). These snippets are from chapter 2, in which Heschel argues that practicing Sabbath…

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Heschel, for your Sabbath day

A joyful, if challenging, passage from Heschel’s “The Sabbath” for your Sabbath day: He who wants to enter the holiness of the day must first lay down the profanity of clattering commerce, of being yoked to toil  He must go away from the screech of dissonant days, from the nervousness…

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