The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time

The Sabbath World Glimpses of a Different Order of Time Everyone curls up inside a Sabbath at some point or other Religion need not be involved The Sabbath is not just the holy day of rest It s also a utopian idea about a less pressured sociable purer wo

  • Title: The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time
  • Author: Judith Shulevitz
  • ISBN: 9781400062003
  • Page: 358
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Everyone curls up inside a Sabbath at some point or other Religion need not be involved The Sabbath is not just the holy day of rest It s also a utopian idea about a less pressured, sociable, purer world Where did this notion come from Is there value in withdrawing from the world one day in seven, despite its obvious inconvenience in an age of convenience And Everyone curls up inside a Sabbath at some point or other Religion need not be involved The Sabbath is not just the holy day of rest It s also a utopian idea about a less pressured, sociable, purer world Where did this notion come from Is there value in withdrawing from the world one day in seven, despite its obvious inconvenience in an age of convenience And what will be lost if the Sabbath goes away In this erudite, elegantly written book, critic Judith Shulevitz weaves together histories of the Jewish and Christian sabbaths, speculations on the nature of time, and a rueful account of her personal struggle with the day Shulevitz has found insights into the Sabbath in both cultural and contemporary sources the Torah, the Gospels, the Talmud, and the writings of the Apostolic Fathers, as well as in the poetry of William Wordsworth, the life of Sigmund Freud, and the science of neuropsychology She tells stories of martyrdom by Jews who died en masse rather than fight on the Sabbath and describes the feverish Sabbatarianism of the American Puritans And she counterposes the tyranny of religious law with the equally oppressive tyranny of the clock Can we really flourish under the yoke of communal discipline, as preachers and rabbis like to tell us What about being free to live as we please Can we preserve what the Sabbath gives us a time outside time without following its rules Whatever our faith or lack thereof, this rich and resonant meditation on the day of rest will remind us of the danger of letting time drive us heedlessly forward without ever stopping to reflect.

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    1. Judith Shulevitz Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time book, this is one of the most wanted Judith Shulevitz author readers around the world.

    2. This book is like liquid smoke or powdered milk--not exactly one thing or another. The author wends her way between describing historical developments, analyzing social trends, and sharing reflections grounded in her own experience (while telling us as little as possible about her life, it felt like). Near the end, Shulevitz writes, "The conventions of spiritual autobiography require me to conclude by telling you how I keep the Sabbath now, as opposed to when I began this book." I almost wanted [...]

    3. Well, that was a huge chore. Shulevitz ostensible set out to explore the history of Shabbat and whether it still has meaning in the modern age. I would still read the heck out of that book, if anyone would like to write it.But not Shulevitz. I will never read anything she writes ever again. I've read a lot of bad books, but rarely finished a book with such a strong antipathy for an author. It's not just Shulevitz's writing style, although there's certainly a lot to complain about there: *the pro [...]

    4. So yeah. I need to take a rest from things that have been recommended to me by relatively mass media. Fresh Air, you had a pretty good interview with this lady, and there were lots of breaths of fresh air (oops) in this book. From the moment she declared that because of the destruction of the temple, "the sages inherited an inoperative religion of space, and set about turning it into a religion of time" and went on quickly to say that the idea of the holy is inherently lonely. Yes. Yes. People w [...]

    5. I am giving this book four stars in spite of the intrusion of quirky personal episodes from the author's life which rarely illuminate, often interfere, and usually contain TMI.Still, the book is illuminating about the history of the sabbath and sabbatarianism. It's discussion of developments in Judaism and Christianity and their interrelationships is fascinating and amazingly comprehensive for such a short book(less than 220 pages without notes and far shorter, if the personal episodes had been [...]

    6. The Sabbath World is part memoir, part history, part spiritual reflection. With beautiful prose, vulnerability, and a dash of humor, Judith Shulevitz takes us on a journey into what the Sabbath means, how it affects a particular life, and what it could do for all of us. She gives a good introduction to the Jewish Sabbath of the Old Testament, AND the Sabbath of post-Temple Judaism, AND of Christianity over the past two-thousand years, followed by examinations of how all of the above have changed [...]

    7. I definitely could have used to read reviews of this book before beginning it or I may have learned it was not what the book description on the library's ebook service led me to imagine. I was expecting a piece on Shabbat written by a jewish woman to be more spiritual and more oriented toward the personal spiritual growth; however this book is more of a history of the concept of a day off, the concept of sabbath, with an anthropological or sociological look at the people celebrating the sabbath. [...]

    8. I love books that take our rituals out of context, examine them and then return them, neatly dusted, spiffed up, to a more primo space on the shelves. I read this, a little oddly I guess, when I read Hamlet's Blackberry, and both inspired me to think harder about one of my favorite topics: being present in my life. I find myself consciously taking more breathers from everything from my phone and email to invitations and outings, and looking to create more rituals and mire quiet, removed time. Of [...]

    9. There was a lot I enjoyed in this book: various glimpses of history, points about time, and some of the author's biographical notes. It just all felt a little disorganized and I was bored at points. It was still worth the read though and gave me a lot to think about.

    10. The Sabbath World is an incredibly readable survey of the Saturday and Sunday Sabbaths of Judaism and Christianity, traveling across centuries and continents to tell the story of how and why we have (or have not) celebrated a day of rest. For someone - like me - unschooled in the customs and laws of Judaism, and only passingly familiar with the complicated history of the early Christian church, it's a great primer on each. Shulevitz does a great job of treating the Sabbath not only as a religiou [...]

    11. “How do you single out precisely which aspect of the Sabbath mitigates your particular loneliness? The setting, the rites, the prayer book – the Sabbath Dramaturgy misses them all up.”I have over the years read other books on Sabbath. Most of them have been about why we should keep the Sabbath. This book is different. Shulevitz writes more about the history of Sabbath keeping. She looks into both Jewish and Christian habits and traditions.For most of my life I have believed two things abou [...]

    12. In this mostly stimulating book, the author interweaves religious history, biblical analysis, and personal narrative as she traces the development of the idea of the Sabbath in the Jewish and Christian traditions. There is a lot of rather erudite biblical history here which, as someone who is fascinated by religious history but not particularly religious, I found engaging and incredibly interesting. But I'm also someone who has read a decent amount of the Bible, and I wonder if this would be acc [...]

    13. This book was an interesting and thought-provoking glimpse into the history of the Sabbath as it has existed in all faiths from Judeo-Christian background. It was an interesting study that delves into the various incantations that it has taken over the past several thousand years, and more interestingly, the various ways that it is becoming eliminated and obsolete. What makes this all the more interesting and pressing is Shulevitz's thesis that there is no more pressing time to observe it in hum [...]

    14. I thought this book was fascinating. The author ties together research and scholarship in so many areas -- biology, sociology, economics, theology -- to demonstrate how profound the idea of a Sabbath really is. She links together really lofty ideas about why a community would choose to enact and enforce no-work periods with her experiences with trying to believe in it and, sometimes, to make it work. She does sometimes move between disparate areas of thought without trying to elucidate the relat [...]

    15. Ms Shulevitz's book weaves together strands of history, religion, philosophy and personal reflection into an eminently readable essay on the Sabbath. I have observed the Jewish Sabbath, in an idiosyncratic way, for over 40 years and have confronted some of the issues Ms Shulevitz presents in her book. While she does not reveal any answers to questions of why I enter only partially into Shabbat world and not more, she does inform me that I am part of a cohort of Jews who need some Shabbat, but no [...]

    16. For every pastor who has bemoaned the reality of soccer and baseball games competing with church on SundaysHere is an interesting, intelligent, well-written perspective for what we all may well be longing. Judith Shulevitz would probably call herself a secular Jew although her family of origin was more orthodox or at least reformed in their practice of Jewish rituals. The book intertwines her childhood memories of the observance of Jewish traditions including the keeping of the Sabbath with a fa [...]

    17. I loved this book. I have long tried to make Sunday a day apart from the rest of the week by doing other things. I certainly have a religious reason for doing so, but I believe there is value in sabbath observance, even for the non-believer in the sense of having a day that is decidedly different from all the rest via the use of self-imposed rules. For example, our family doesn't generally watch TV on Sunday. We make almost no exceptions (even for the Superbowl and other extravaganzas). We also [...]

    18. Fabulous. An amazing blend of political, economic, religious and historical thought, suitable for the theist and the atheist, as an exploration into the way the modern world looks at time, inclusion, and separation. Though Shulevitz is a Jewish author, and writing from a Jewish perspective, this is not a "Jewish Book", rather it is a book about societies past and present. It is about the tensions between puritanical views and 24/7 modernism. It is even about personal exploration, doubt and tensi [...]

    19. Judith Shulevitz had a lot of the same questions about Sabbath as I did, such as, who did it benefit, and is that even its purpose in the first place, and should we bring it back in some form, and through experience and research she sought out to answer those questions. The result is both informative and vulnerable, which makes this book worthy of a second read. It's also a good follow-up to a beautiful work of piety like Abraham Heshel's The Sabbath, being a more bird's-eye and secular glance a [...]

    20. In brief, The Sabbath World is a beautiful, even inspiring book that wanders a bit too much for the intent reader to latch on to very many meaningful takeaways. That said, the book is what Shulevitz promises in her introduction -- a personal examination of the meaning and relevance of the Sabbath to the contemporary, largely secular Western world -- so it's hard to dock her too much for ably and enchantingly delivering what she says she'll deliver.All of this is not to say that Shulevitz produce [...]

    21. A fascinating examination of the history of the Sabbath and the need our culture might have for a kind of "secular Sabbath" today. This book was clearly well-researched and offered many intriguing insights. I was disappointed, though, that each time Shulevitz began to offer something of herself and her own experiences, she quickly buried these under a pile of quotes, statistics, or other "more authoritative" voices. It's almost like she was retreating or hiding from a full, personal engagement w [...]

    22. I enjoyed her honesty. This was the first book on Sabbath in which the author reflected many of the ambivalent feelings I have towards it--it's a nice ideal, but in reality. She also addresses gender issues (although briefly) and questions of time poverty in ways that other authors have not. Most write from the perspective of people of privilege who have at least some amount of say over how their time is spent. She gives at least a little word count to those who are in other situations, although [...]

    23. I did like this book reading it, I could recognize how intelligent it is, and how well-researched, and how gracefully-written. I didn't love it as much as I wanted/expected to, I think in part because I have so little background knowledge about the topics Shulevitz discusses; I just didn't have a context for lots and lots of the book. So reading it was occasionally kind of a struggle, but redeemed by the fact that, as I said above, it's just so incredibly smart. It is part memoir, part religious [...]

    24. This was an excellent idea for a book. I'm not quite sure how to categorize a book like this. There's are discussions on the theme of the Sabbath: time. There's meditations on the Jewish Sabbath and the Christian Sabbath and Sabbath in America. There's a history discourse of the Sabbath as well as an analysis of writer's views on the day. While it was an interesting read, the scholarly way in which the book was written went a little bit over my head and the switch from impersonal to personal nar [...]

    25. I really enjoyed this book. The author is an academic through and through, and she brings many different disciplines into her investigation of the Sabbath as a day of rest. The book was somewhat stream-of-consciousness, and although I can tell that Shulevitz worked hard to organize it in a logical way, I never figured out what the organizational scheme was - which, in fact, was just as well as far as I was concerned. The subject matter seems to render the book exempt from the rigid strictures of [...]

    26. I also heard the Fresh Air interview, and that left me not wanting to read the book. The author admitted late in the interview that she does not believe in God and manipulates the "loopholes"--driving her kids to events, preprogramming TV and VCR so they can still watch them, not visiting friends, but have them visit instead--so her family can be more strict followers of the Sabbath. It came off as superficial and a bit hypocritical. Perhaps the interview did a grave disservice to the book, but [...]

    27. "Whether I see it scattered down among tangled woods, or beaming broad across the fields, or hemmed in between brick buildings, or tracing out the figure of of the casement on my chamber floor, still I recognize the Sabbath sunshine. - And ever let me recognize it. Some illusions, and this among them, are the shadows of great truths. - from Nathaniel Hawthorne's SUNDAY AT HOMEThis is an apt quote from the beginning of Shulevitz's book, and she does well at teasing out the "illusions" and "truths [...]

    28. This book had been mentioned a while ago, and I'd flipped through it at a bookstore, but I hadn't thought of reading it until I learned that the author would be speaking at RUSA's annual Literary Tastes Breakfast. She was funnier in person than the book suggests.The Sabbath World is a rather dry look at the history of the Sabbath and how we react to the idea today. Ranging from the post-exile Jews to today's (mostly lapsed) blue laws, and from Talmudic discussion to Sabbatarian thought, we learn [...]

    29. Shulevitz combines religion (Judaism and Christianity), philosophy, history, and memoir to explore the history of the Sabbath and more abstractly, the nature of time and our relationship to it. How did we come to mark the seventh day as the Sabbath? Why do we mark this pause in time, and what does it signify? How has the meaning of "Sabbath rest" transformed over the centuries, and what does--what should--it mean today?The range of sources in a relatively brief book means that interesting topics [...]

    30. This beautiful book is an extended meditation on the Sabbath, as a day of rest, as a social institution and as a personal challenge. As she regales us with Sabbath history and Sabbath trivia,Shulevitz also ponders her own often troubled relationship with Judaism and Sabbath observance.I especially enjoyed her chapter on Anabaptist Sabbatarian heresies of the 1500s and 1600s which resulted when the common people of Europe read the Bible in their own vernaculars and resolved to follow the biblical [...]

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