Q. “The world today really needs the perspective, the rest, the enjoyment that Sabbath gives,” Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman says in an interview with Sally Quinn, making the case for a weekly day of rest. In this season of Congressional recess, family trips and controversy over whether or not President Obama should take a vacation, why does rest matter? Is vacation spiritual?
It may sound counter-cultural, but Shabbat is the goal of the work week, not the pause that makes a week more productive. Aside from the restorative value, both physical and spiritual, Shabbat represents our ideal: a time of harmony with the environment, attunement to spiritual values and focus on loving relationships. It is the reward for six creative days, not a tactic to increase creativity. I begrudge no one his or her time off; forgoing it is not a sign of competence or commitment, rather of spiritual arrogance.
Jack Moline | Aug 16, 2011 3:17 PM
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