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Abraham Joshua Heschel was internationally known as a scholar, author, activist, and theologian. He was Professor of Ethics and Mysticism at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
Elegant, passionate, and filled with the love of God's creation, Abraham Joshua Heschel's The Sabbath has been hailed as a classic of Jewish spirituality ever since its original publication--and has been read by thousands of people seeking meaning in modern life. In this brief yet profound meditation on the meaning of the Seventh Day, Heschel, one of the most widely respected religious leaders of the twentieth century, introduced the influential idea of an 'architecture of holiness" that appears not in space but in time. Judaism, he argues, is a religion of time: it finds meaning not in space and the materials things that fill it but in time and the eternity that imbues it, so that 'the Sabbaths are our greatcatherdrals.'
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
; August 2005
136 pages; ISBN 9781466800090
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Title: The Sabbath
Author: Abraham Joshua Heschel; Ilya Schor; Susannah Heschel
In the press
“Clearly Heschel's most beloved book, The Sabbath is much more than a book about the Sabbath. It is, rather, our century's most illuminating study of the dynamics of Jewish ritual living.” —Dr. Neil Gillman, author of Sacred Fragments
“Timeless. Read it, and be ready to be changed.” —The Reverend Richard John Neuhaus, editor in chief of First Things
“Heschel's The Sabbath is easily the primary text for all subsequent American Jewish spirituality.” —Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, author of God Was in This Place