a vision for sabbath

To set apart one day a week for freedom, a day on which we would not use the instruments which have been so easily turned into weapons of destruction, a day for being with ourselves, a day of detachment from the vulgar, of independence of external obligations, a day on which we stop worshiping the idols of technical civilization, a day on which we use no money, a day of armistice in the economic struggle with our fellow men [and women] and the forces of nature – is there any institution that holds out a greater hope for [human] progress than the Sabbath?

The solution of [humanity’s] most vexing problem will not be found in renouncing technical civilization, but in attaining some degree of independence of it.

In regard to external gifts, to outward possessions, there is only one proper attitude – to have them and to be able to do without them.

– Abraham Heschel, The Sabbath

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