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Tag: Shabbat

Transformational Sabbath

Transformational Sabbath

sabbath, spiritual practice, Spirituality
On this Sabbath, I have been trying to discern something to say about the Ferguson/Michael Brown/Darrin Wilson situation. And especially what to say in the context of the meaning of Sabbath. A complicated matter! I assure you! But here it is. Scholar Walter Breuggemann reminds readers in Sabbath as Resistance that the ten commandments (Decalogue) and the exodus in general (fleeing from Egypt/slavery) happens in direct contrast to Egypt. Then as the Israelites wander through the desert, they are called to rest even before the Decalogue is given. They are told to gather twice as much food on the sixth day so that they will also be satisfied on the seventh day as the seventh day is to be a day of holiness. Holiness. Holiness comes from the Greek word hagios which means sacred, healing, who...
Sabbath Descends

Sabbath Descends

Photography, poem, spiritual practice, Spirituality
To remind us to honor Sabbath this week, I chose this beautiful poem by the Israeli poet, Zelda. However, I am publishing this Friday at dusk as this is a Jewish poem and in honor of Shabbat, or as some of us say, Sabbath, I am posting at the beginning of the evening on Friday night to honor Zelda's tradition. If you'd like to learn more about Shabbat and the Jewish tradition, I'd encourage you to visit the resources at the end of this post. Light a candle. Drink wine. Softly the Shabbat has plucked The sinking sun. Slowly the Shabbat descends, The rose of heaven in her hand. How can the Shabbat Plant a huge and shining flower In a blind and narrow heart? How can the Shabbat plant the bud of angels In a heart of raving flesh? Can the rose of immortality grow In an age enslaved to destruc...
Sabbath Moment in a Spoon

Sabbath Moment in a Spoon

spiritual practice, Spirituality
“Shabbat is like nothing else.  Time as we know it does not exist for those twenty-four hours, and the worries of the week soon fall away.  A feeling of joy appears.  The smallest object, a leaf or a spoon, shimmers in a soft light, and the heart opens.  Shabbat is a meditation of unbelievable beauty.”  (Mudhouse Sabbath, p. 2)