The Sabbath, by Abraham Joshua Heschel is 101 pages long, and in addition there are a few pages of prologue and notes. The slender size has no bearing on the fact that this book is extremely compelling.
Heschel depicts how the Sabbath is an aspect of “sacred time”, and not “sacred space”. He demonstrates within the history of the Sabbath, how Jews have built a foundation of “sacred days”, and how time is sanctified through the Sabbath. Time is an extremely important element in Judaism, from seasons to agriculture, to holidays and rituals, time is the force behind everything, from sunrise to sunset, days to weeks, weeks to months months to the year.
I found The Sabbath to be a beautifully written book, a profound book, a compelling book, and one that offers so much to ponder within its intense pages. In my opinion, Abraham Joshua Heschel offers the reader a unique and extremely strong perspective that they can cling to, and one that can bring them deep religious illumination.
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