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Sabbath

A Musical Mix of Old and New: Judith Clurman's Cherished Moments: Songs of the Jewish Spirit

Shoshana Greenberg | Posted 11.17.2014 | Arts
Shoshana Greenberg

Essential Voices USA conductor Judith Clurman started work on her CD, Cherished Moments: Songs of the Jewish Spirit, several years ago, but the project really began when she was a little girl in synagogue.

Bar and Bat Mitzvahs

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 11.24.2014 | Religion
Lisa Mirza Grotts

The Bar Mitzvah is to the Jews as Confirmation is to several Christian denominations. It occurs when a Jewish boy turns thirteen, and it takes place on the first Saturday after that birthday.

Out of the Ark and Into the Garden: The Story of Noah in the Sabbatical Year

Rabbi David Seidenberg | Posted 10.24.2014 | Religion
Rabbi David Seidenberg

One question for us today, in this year of Shmita, is: how can we get ourselves back to the garden? Back before our fellowship with the animals was lost?

A Day for Universal Connecting and Creativity

David Sable | Posted 11.22.2014 | Business
David Sable

What if we were to pick one day a year -- a day we all agree on -- and declare it our day? A day of Universal Connectivity and Creativity. A day when social media online goes dark because social offline goes live.

3 Steps to Creating Like The Creator

Lorna Bright | Posted 10.28.2014 | Religion
Lorna Bright

Like many of you, I was taught that the Fourth Commandment simply means, "work all week and go to church on Sunday." But the reality is that most of us work only five days per week, not six, so by not taking a full six days to do all our work, we've broken the commandment.

The First Hasidic Rock Band

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 10.13.2014 | Arts
Michael Nirenberg

Dressed as their religion dictates, they set up their own equipment, they had no roadies, and from what I understand they couldn't play from sundown Friday to Saturdays because of the Sabbath.

The View From Africa

Jim Wallis | Posted 10.08.2014 | Green
Jim Wallis

We've seen these animals in zoos before, but we now had the opportunity to see them roam freely in their natural habitat. For a bunch of city kids like us, it was truly amazing.

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.