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By Christopher D Ringwald

ISBN-10: 0195165365

ISBN-13: 9780195165364

ISBN-10: 1429468807

ISBN-13: 9781429468800

The Sabbath is the unique banquet day, an afternoon of pleasure and freedom from paintings, a holy day that enables us to reconnect with God, our fellows and nature. Now, in a compelling mix of journalism, scholarship and private memoir, Christopher D. Ringwald examines the Sabbath from production to the current, weaving jointly the tales of 3 households, 3 religions and 3 thousand years of historical past. an afternoon aside is the 1st ebook to envision the Sabbath in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. A marvelously readable publication, it deals a desirable portrait of the fundamentals of the 3 Sabbaths--the Muslim Juma on Friday, the Jewish Shabbat on Saturday and the Christian Lord's Day on Sunday--and introduces us to 3 households, together with Ringwald's personal, and exhibits how they become aware of the holy day and what it ability to them. the guts of the booklet recounts the heritage of the Sabbath, starting from the production tale and Moses on Mount Sinai, to the lessons of Jesus and Muhammad, the influence of the Protestant Reformation and the commercial Revolution, and the increase of the trendy weekend. Ringwald indicates that the Sabbath intuition, to watch an important day of withdrawal and repose, is common. certainly, all religions and philosophies train that lifestyles is greater than toil, that point may be put aside for contemplation, leisure and tradition. In contemporary frantic 24/7 international, the Sabbath--a day dedicated to relaxation and contemplation--has by no means been extra worthy. an afternoon aside deals a portrait of a very undying method to get away the standard international and upload intending to our lives.

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And on the seventh day God finished his work which he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all his work which he had done in creation. (Gen. :–) Remember here that “rested” derives from the Hebrew verb sabat, which means to cease, not to rest or relax. Of course God stopped! Had He gone on and on, Creation would have multiplied itself like a cancer into self-destruction. Too many animals, too much sea or dry land, too much firmament, too many creatures “in our own image” rather than just the first man and woman.

As on those Sundays of my youth, the Jewish men gather in the Kligermans’ kitchen while clearing dishes to debate theology. Tom and two guests explore the derivation of Hebrew words before moving on to a fine point in Sabbath regulations. They cite competing scholars and interpretations. They argue with joyful gusto. ”3 He lamented the exclusion of women, which Becky and other women have broken through. Such discussions double as observance on the holy day. Tom and Becky and their friends affirm their practice through words, and the words affirm their resolve and faith.

Through rituals the community joins to worship, but not as end in itself. On the Sabbath, we unite to participate in From Sinai to Sunday: The Holy Day in Three Religions and Three Families 25 divine life. Together we ascend to a God who is already near. ”23 One Christmas I relax in the wake of family and presents and love and a meal at the Connecticut home of Anne and Bob, my sister and brother-in-law. God abides despite a too-full belly and a surfeit of material. Time crunches under the weight of space crystallized.

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