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Shabbat philosophy

Shabbat philosophy


Bread brings us close to God. And it brings us close to each other. Journey with Rabbi Jonathan Goldschmidt of India’s Paradesi Synagogue, as he explores some of the deep secrets of bread.

by Rabbi Jonathan Goldschmidt
Rosh Hashanah

Every Rosh Hashana, we get a fresh start – the opportunity to begin anew, to create ourselves in a new way, and put our lives on an entirely new trajectory.

by Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein
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When a local bus stop suddenly starts to scream out your name. You have no choice but to listen and to stop every now and again and recharge your inner batteries. When Hashem whispers, don’t force Him to shout…

by Sasha Star
Ben Juda

Shabbat as a bulwark against transhumanism? Ben Judah argues that the laws of Shabbat safeguard something more essential than family time and Friday night dinners…

by Ben Judah
Tiffany Shlain

The digital revolution has blurred the lines between time on and time off, and time off is disappearing.

by Tiffany Shlain
Rosemary Friedman

In my twilight years, defined by early Jewish memories, I concluded that, while you can take the girl out of Shabbat, you can't take Shabbat out of the girl.

by Rosemary Friedman
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I have made plans to spend Shabbat with a super-frum community, who will be unaware that there is a rugby world cup on the go.

by Simon Apfel
Shabbat as Social Action

The day of rest reminds me that changing the world begins with improving myself.

by Akiva Gersh
Rabbi Ari Shishler

As good as we are at Shabbat compliance, there seems to be one component we can’t shut off, even on the Sabbath: the voices in our heads.

by Rabbi Ari Shishler
Rabbi Ari Taback

A “taste of the world-to-come”, Shabbos remains our sample of the way things should really be in a world gone wrong; a chance to realign ourselves with the perfection of the world the way G-d wants it to look.

by Rabbi Ari Taback
Miriam Kosman

In the unfamiliar world of Shabbat, we are human beings rather than human doings, and what is important is not what we accomplish, but who we are.

by Miriam Kosman
Walk of Life

Today, the very idea of “going for a walk” is a radical act of purposeful purposelessness. On Shabbos, it’s just what you do, because you must, but really because you can.

by Simon Shear