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The Radical Notion of Rest: Reflections on the Meaning of the Sabbath

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In biblical times, the idea of the Sabbath as a day of rest for all people was a revolutionary idea that challenged social orders based on the assumption that some people owned other people's time. As what Abraham Heschel called "a sanctuary in time," the Sabbath has sustained the Jewish people and their religion throughout the centuries wherever they have lived. It also has been one of their most important social and intellectual contributions to civilizations throughout the world. Rabbi Wirtschafter explored ways in which Jewish scholars have probed the meaning, rationale, and purpose of the Sabbath and how the digital age raises new challenges for the distinction between the work place and home, between labor and rest.

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