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Authors: Abraham Joshua Heschel, Susannah Heschel
ISBN-13: 9780374529758, ISBN-10: 0374529752
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Date Published: August 2005
Edition: (Non-applicable)

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Author Biography: Abraham Joshua Heschel

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.

Book Synopsis

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 introduced the 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 material things that fill it but in time and the eternity that imbues it, so that "the Sabbaths are our great cathedrals."

Table of Contents

Prologue : architecture of time2
IA palace in time12
IIBeyond civilization26
IIIThe splendor of space34
IVOnly heaven and nothing else?44
V"Thou art one"50
VIThe presence of a day58
VIIEternity utters a day64
VIIIIntuitions of eternity72
IXHoliness in time78
XThou shalt covet86
Epilogue : to sanctify time94