THE SABBATH by Abraham Joshua Heschel. p. 3 Yet to have more does not mean to be more. The power we attain in the world of space terminates abruptly at. By Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. Reprinted with permission from The Sabbath: Its Meaning for Modern Man, published Shabbat as a Reminder of Creation. IN HESCHEL’S THE SABBATH. When Abraham Joshua Heschel published The Sabbath (), 1 Jews faced a new reality in America: far more suburban than.

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For Heschel, we describe eternity not by what it is, but by what it is not.

The Sabbath Quotes

This addition to chapter eight seems an unnecessary hedge on an important point; Heschel here retreats too far into a conservative position. Things created conceal the Creator. Heschel believed the teachings of the Hebrew prophets were a clarion call for social action in the United States and worked for African Americans’ civil rights and against the Vietnam War. Abraham Joshua Heschel at Wikipedia’s sister projects.

Retrieved March 26, You are commenting using your WordPress. So it is with a musical performance.

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Though too sacred to be polluted, they are not too sacred to be exploited. His theological works argued that religious experience is a fundamentally human impulse, not just a Jewish one.

Yet to have more does not mean to be more. To retain the holy, to perpetuate the presence of god, his image is fashioned. Originally published in a two-volume edition, this work studies the books of the Hebrew prophets.


To enhance our power in the world of space is our main objective. He discusses ways that people can seek God’s presence, and the radical amazement that we receive in return.

Abraham Joshua Heschel

There is a realm of time where the goal is not to have but to be, not to own but to give, not to control but to share, not to subdue but to be in accord. Romans held no view of an afterlife, so eternity had to be found in what was left behind. His mentor in Berlin was David Koigen. God hescheo raging in the prophet’s words.

He discusses and rejects the idea that mere faith without law alone is enough, but then cautions against rabbis he sees as adding too many restrictions to Jewish law. This expresses a value rather than a fact, an invitation to fellowship.

The Sabbath Quotes by Abraham Joshua Heschel

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here All week there is only hope of redemption. However, this did not prevent him from being on the front heschrl of social activism in the U. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. It was believed that eternity could be captured in huge public monuments that would, because of their grandeur, presumably stand forever. Accessed May 25, Music is art that occupies no space but occupies only time. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: This is our constant problem—how to live with people and remain free, how to live with things and remain independent.


For the pious person, my father once wrote, it is a hesvhel to die. The difference between the two views is again a question of space versus time.

He maintains that images of the Sabbath as a queen or a bride are helpful and true, but that is not all the Sabbath is. After the frantic arrangements are complete, Heschel ushers the reader into the calm that descends once the Sabbath arrives. Heschel then goes on to explore the problems of doubts and faith; what Judaism means by teaching that God is one; the essence of humanity and the problem of human needs; the definition of religion in general and of Judaism in particular; and human yearning for spirituality.

According to some scholars, he was more interested in spirituality than in critical text study; the latter was a specialty of many scholars at JTS.

A moment of insight is a fortune, transporting us beyond the confines of measured time. When understood this way, observance of the Sabbath does not demand restriction, but gives freedom.