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cover of Revelations by Elaine Pagels
Revelations by Elaine Pagels

a conversation by a roadside

Cover of Be The Miracle

leafy oak forest

Shabbat Pictures

Mosaic with Birds

mosaic with birds and Hebrew lettering
“Time is perpetual innovation, a synonym for continuous creation.”
Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Sabbath (New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005), 100.

Miriam Neiger, Jerusalem

Miriam Neiger painting of Jerusalem
“Zion is in ruins, Jerusalem lies in the dust. All week there is only hope of redemption. But when the Sabbath is entering the world, [we are] touched by a moment of actual redemption; as if for a moment the spirit of the Messiah moved over the face of the earth.” Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Sabbath. New York: Farrar Straus and Giroux, 1979. 68.
The Neue Synagogue, Frankfurt, interior

Neue Synagoge, Frankfurt

Woodcut of Neue Synagoge Frankfurt including assembled worhsippers
A quotation from The Sabbath
Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Sabbath (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1979).

Sabbath visitors by Max Weber

painting of two men and two women visiting on the Sabbath
It is a mitzvah to offer hospitality on the sabbath

Synagogue at Sundown

Image of synagogue at sundown
“What would be a world without Sabbath? It would be a world that knew only itself or God distorted as a thing or the abyss separating Him from the world; a world without the vision of a window in eternity that opens into time.” Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Sabbath (New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005), 16.

Yeshiva Boy

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“What would be a world without Sabbath? It would be a world that knew only itself or God distorted as a thing or the abyss separating Him from the world; a world without the vision of a window in eternity that opens into time.”
Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Sabbath (New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005), 16.

Sabbath Rest, Hirszenberg

Image - a family celebrates shabbat
“What would be a world without Sabbath? It would be a world that knew only itself or God distorted as a thing or the abyss separating Him from the world; a world without the vision of a window in eternity that opens into time.” Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Sabbath (New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005), 16.

Friday Evening

Image - Friday Evening by Isidor Kaufman
“The love of the Sabbath is the love of man for what he and God have in common. Our keeping the Sabbath day is a paraphrase of His sanctification of the seventh day.”
Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Sabbath (New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005), 16.

Dream of Goldfish

image Dream of Goldfish, Jiri Meitner
“To God who rested from all action on the seventh day and ascended upon His throne of glory.He vested the day of rest with beauty;He called the Sabbath a delight.This is the song and the praise of the seventh day,on which God rested from His work.The seventh day itself is uttering praise.A song of the Sabbath day:”It is good to give thanks unto the Lord!”Therefore, all the creatures of God bless Him.”
Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Sabbath (New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005), 24.

Hanukkah Shabbat

Image Hanukkah celebration 18th c
The Festival of Lights will always embrace at least one Sabbath

 

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