Sunday, July 14, 2019

Quote of the Day (Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, on the ‘Perfect Rest’ of the Sabbath)

“Labor is a craft, but perfect rest is an art. It is the result of an accord of body, mind, and imagination. To attain a degree of excellence in art, one must accept its discipline, one must adjure slothfulness. The seventh day is a palace in time which we build. It is made of soul, of joy and reticence. In its atmosphere, a discipline is a reminder of adjacency to eternity. Indeed, the splendor of the day is expressed in terms of abstentions, just as the mystery of God is more adequately conveyed via negationis, in the categories of negative theology which claims that we can never say what He is, we can only say what He is not. We often feel how poor the edifice would be were it built exclusively of our rituals and deeds which are so awkward and often so obtrusive. How else express glory in the presence of eternity, if not by the silence of abstaining from noisy acts?”— Polish-born American Jewish theologian Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972), The Sabbath: Its Meaning for Modern Man (1951)

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