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Friday, April 13, 2007
sabbath keeping encouragement
Here's a Sabbath idea to ponder as we move toward the turn of another week. Be encouraged to stay with it.

Technical civilization is man’s conquest of space. It is a triumph frequently achieved by sacrificing an essential ingredient of existence, namely, time In technical civilization, we expend time to gain space. To enhance our power in the world of space is our main objective. Yet to have more does not mean to be more. The power we attain in the world of space terminates abruptly at the borderline of time. But time is the heart of existence. . . . . Judaism is a religion of time aiming at the sanctification of time. . . . Judaism teaches us to be attached to holiness in time. . . . The Sabbaths are our great cathedrals. . . . . One of the most distinguished words in the Bible is the word qadosh, holy; a word which more than any other is representative of the mystery and majesty of the divine. Now what was the first holy object in the history of the world? Was it a mountain? Was it an altar?
It is, indeed, a unique occasion at which the distinguished word qadosh is used for the first time: in the Book of Genesis at the end of the story of creation. How extremely significant is the fact that it is applied to time: ‘And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy. There is no reference in the record of creation to any object in space that would be endowed with the quality of holiness.

Abraham Joshua Heschel The Sabbath.

That's the new baby gorilla at the Little Rock Zoo. The photo said "Sabbath" to me. ;-)

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posted by John David Walt | at 4/13/2007 05:06:00 PM

 

1 Comments:

Anonymous chad said...

this seems like one of those really serious things my friends that understand physics talk about...

To me the idea of sabbath existing as holy, empty space as been on the mind lately. In our rush to get things done, Sunday (the typical sabbath) often acts as a space of overflow time.

This idea of a space of time being holy.....great post and thanks for sharing this with us.

PS. I saw a small run of Wendall Berry (is that right) books at joseph beth. It was a tiny, white book that said only 1500 were made. If it wouldn't have been something like 25 dollars I probably would have bought it.

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