The Sabbath: Its Meaning for Modern Man

The Sabbath: Its Meaning for Modern Man

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 cathedrals."

Title:The Sabbath: Its Meaning for Modern Man
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780374529758
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  • Kilian Metcalf

    I could feel the gears shifting in my head as I read this Jewish classic on the importance of sanctifying time instead of space. I'm sure I barely scratched the surface of the concepts that Heschel wi...

  • Michelle Jones

    This is the most poetic book that isn’t actually poetry I’ve ever read. Heschel was in love with the Sabbath. Seriously in love with it and its place within Judaism and the world. This 100 page bo...

  • Daniel

    I really liked this book. As a Christian, reading a Jewish perspective on Sabbath, one that seemed to draw on so much of Jewish tradition that I didn't know of, was a very rich experience for me. At t...

  • Homeschoolmama

    This was probably one of the most inspiring books I've read. A short book, it is full of rich, deep truths and insights. Heschel talks at length about time and space, and leads the reader into some ph...

  • Lewis Weinstein

    thoughtful and sometimes provocative, like all of Heschel's writings ... in my current novel, my character Anna Gorska, furious with God for allowing the Holocaust, maintains her fragile ties with Jud...

  • Soren Schmidt

    Heschel presents a stunningly simple and profound thesis: it is not in space, but in time, that we find God's likeness. In a few short passages this book changed the way I think about not only the Sab...

  • Julie Davis

    Continuing my education on the third commandment and why we need to take it seriously. Ok, I'm already converted to the concept and live it to the best of my ability ... but I want to elevate it in my...

  • Mary Alice

    I'll just post some quotes from the book to make you think: There is a realm of time where the goal is not to have but to be, not to own but to give, not to control but to share, not to subdue but to ...

  • Shira

    Overall, this was a wonderful book, and I must thank Rabbi for recommending it to me. R. Heschel makes this book, and the idea of Shabbat, accessible for those of all faiths (or even none). On page 14...

  • Melody

    Heschel teaches me much about sacramentality and liturgy in my own Christian tradition by guiding me to a richer understanding of how the Jewish tradition understands the sacredness of time as a gift ...