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Sabbath

How To Turn Off Your Phone, Shut Down Your Computer And Totally Unplug Every Single Week

Ellie Krupnick | Posted 05.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Ellie Krupnick

Suddenly, like revelation at Sinai, Shabbat started to make perfect sense. Those 25 hours became a respite from my mounting schoolwork, a forced hiatus from the endless black hole of the Internet, the only time I could turn off a screen long enough to, say, play a game with my family.

6 Meaningful Ways to Reconnect With Family on National Unplugging Day

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 05.04.2014 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

Put down the cell phones and prepare to pick up some stronger family bonds. Here are some ways you can reconnect with the important people in your life while remaining disconnected from technological distractions.

Powering Down to Power Up

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 04.05.2014 | Religion
Naphtali Hoff

How smart are we for owning smartphones? And is there anything that we can do to avoid being completely consumed by our technological cravings?

The Sabbath Commandment and the Minimum Wage

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 03.30.2014 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

Contemporary folks take the Sabbath commandment to liberate us from the stresses and timetables of modern life so that we can seek inner peace, spirituality, harmony with nature, etc. But the Bible offers different rationales.

The Sabbath as a Lesson on Rest and Work (A Sermon on Exodus 20:8-11)

Rev. James Ellis, III | Posted 03.29.2014 | Religion
Rev. James Ellis, III

At its core the Sabbath begs this question, "Do you accept that God knows what you need better than you do?" An affirmative response dictates setting aside one day in seven, not as a rigid vacation, but a time to better know God. It is a time for us and those in our care to rest.

Shabbat, a Cellphone, and Jewish Concern

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 03.09.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Shul is meant to be a sanctuary from judgment as much as it is meant to be a shield from the incessant buzzing of the world.

The Torah's 'Restful Year' Today: From Farm to Hypertech

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 09.24.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Our society is more and more deeply concerned that intrusive human action toward the Earth is turning into a weapon endangering Humanity itself as well as the earthy web of life. Is this danger new, or is it an extension of a long-felt weakness arising from a strength too far?

How a Technology Break Has Changed My Life

Christine Organ | Posted 09.08.2013 | Religion
Christine Organ

My iPhone is rarely out of arm's reach so that I can read and respond to emails quickly, monitor any earth-shattering Facebook news, and generally be ready just in case something comes up. Each day tends to morph into the next without any designated time for personal restoration.

Try It, You'll Like It

David Sable | Posted 08.31.2013 | Media
David Sable

I am unplugged one full 24-hour period a week. No email, no digital search, no social networking, no snackable content, no long-form digital anything... no Digibabble... OFF. Nada. Nothing on, not even on airplane mode or offline status.

May Day And Torah: Biblical Ecology And Economics For The 21st (Or 58th) Century

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 06.22.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Is there some subterranean -- even subversive -- connection between spring celebration of the Earth and spring celebration of work and time for rest?

Keeping The Sabbath.. Radical

Mirabai Starr | Posted 05.06.2013 | Religion
Mirabai Starr

The practice of Shabbat is not only a spiritual response to the timeless commandment given to my ancestors to keep the Sabbath holy. It is a political act. I am keeping the Sabbath radical. That too is my heritage.

The Blessings And Dangers Of Wooing Worshipers With Food

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 04.22.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

For some in the Jewish world, the Kiddush has become an elaborate feast at which sumptuous food and fine wines and liquors are offered to those, both members and guests, who come to pray. This new phenomenon is healthy in some ways and deeply unsettling in others.

24/6: The Sanctity Of Stop Day

Anna Clark | Posted 03.13.2013 | Religion
Anna Clark

A recovering productivity junkie, I've only begun learning how to slow down my pace long enough to rest on the Sabbath. But time is sacred. So, for at least one day a week, I try to bask in the peace that God promises.

My Interview With MaryAnn McKibben Dana About Sabbath in the Suburbs

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 03.10.2013 | Books
Bruce Reyes-Chow

I am a firm believer in building community by helping good folks get the word out about their projects. Here is my interview with MaryAnn McKibben Dana.

The 3,000-Year-Old Secret To Switching Off (For A Switched-On World)

Rabbi David Kalb | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi David Kalb

There is nothing wrong with loving work. It is good to enjoy our professions and to support our families. However, there is a line that is very easy to cross, where we become servants to our jobs, and not simply because of our employers, but because of ourselves.

Closer To You: Approaching The Holy Days

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson | Posted 11.02.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

King David danced in our midst, and so (so to speak) does God! We now stand in the Courtyard with our divine Majesty, savoring this greater intimacy. But there remains some distance.

Back To Church Again

Mark Sandlin | Posted 11.01.2012 | Religion
Mark Sandlin

At the end of this sabbatical journey, I realize the journey has just started. Experiencing, seeing and understanding some of the things I did on my sabbatical away from Church is not enough. Now is the time to act.

Blessing Each Other: A Parent's Sabbath Prayer

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 10.31.2012 | Religion
Judy Bolton-Fasman

There is nothing sweeter in this life than blessing one's children, especially on a Friday night. When Anna and Adam were little I'd drop to my knees to so that they could look into my eyes and tacitly understand that blessing them was an act of thanksgiving and humility for me.

The Art of Restoring the Sacred Rhythm of Life

Barbara Biziou | Posted 10.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Barbara Biziou

Someone told me that the average person, when asked how he/she is, answers with the singular word "busy." The sad thing is that no one questions this, everyone assumes it is just the way things are. We have lost touch with the sacred ritual of taking time for ourselves for renewal.

Far Too Little Sabbath In The Sabbath

Mark Sandlin | Posted 10.21.2012 | Religion
Mark Sandlin

Sabbatical is about rest and recuperation. It is about communing with God in a restorative way. For a lot of church-going people that is not the way they would describe Sunday mornings.

Rock 'n' Roll Shabbat: The Spiritual Experience Of Turning Up The Volume

Rabbi Darby Jared Leigh | Posted 10.09.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Darby Jared Leigh

In one Jewish community after another, the prevailing wisdom is that the "spirituality of Shabbat" is to be experienced by becoming more quiet and still. But this is not the only way.

Jerusalem Woman Puts Baby At Risk To Uphold Vow Of Silence

The Huffington Post | Samreen Hooda | Posted 06.28.2012 | Religion

After giving birth alone in her home, a Jerusalem Haredi woman hid her baby under her dress with the umbilical cord still attached, hid the placenta i...

The End Of The World As We Know It, See Pg. 3

Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater | Posted 08.27.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

We are so overwrought with fear, some of it legitimate, some of it manufactured, that we can't stop and see what is truly happening, even when people point it out to us.

Would Jesus Have Said "Vagina?"

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 08.19.2012 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

Jesus called us to prayer, compassion, service and love... in order to make a point about an issue and to speak truth to power when needed, he did so with a prophetic and often shocking word.

Walmart Threatened To Fire Mormon Worker For Observing Sabbath

The Huffington Post | Samreen Hooda | Posted 06.06.2012 | Religion

In 2009, an assistant manager at Walmart encountered threats of termination and disciplinary action because he observed the Sabbath. The devout Mor...