Rabbi A.J. Heschel: Shabbat as a Sanctuary in Time

Rabbi A.J. Heschel: Shabbat as a Sanctuary in Time

An excerpt from Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel’s “The Sabbath: Its Meaning for Modern Man,” this profound article explores the unique role of time in Judaism. Whereas other religions sanctify space, objects or people, Judaism teaches us to connect to the holiness of time, through Shabbat, the holidays, and their associated rituals. A Polish-born American rabbi and one of the leading Jewish theologians and philosophers of the 20th century, Heschel was a professor of Jewish mysticism at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and an activist in the Civil Rights Movement.

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