This collection of inspirational pieces on the meaning, importance and observance of the Sabbath brings together a diverse group of Jewish writers, thinkers, and poets - all in celebration of the personal significance of Shabbat in their lives. From contemporary thinkers Lawrence Kushner, Michael Lerner, and Arthur Waskow to scholars Gershom Scholem, Rich Fromm, and Ismar Schorsch; from writers Ari Goldman, Blu Greenberg, and Elie Wiesel to rabbis and Jewish educators Harold M. Schulweis, W. Gunther Plaut, Sue Levi Elwell, and Ron Wolfson, this impressive chorus of voices illuminates the spiritual dimensions of Shabbat for readers at every stage of observance.
Dr. Elkins has compiled an exceptionally interesting and uplifting
collection of essays and articles on the meaning and practice of the Jewish Sabbath. Readers of this book will be rewarded not just with new information, but with the deepest kind of education, one that will help mold their character and forge their spiritual values.
--- Prof. Harold T. Shapiro, President,
I've really enjoyed using A SHABBAT READER for a class I'm teaching at the Cleveland College of Jewish Studies... A really excellent anthology. I was particularly moved and stimulated by Harvey Cox's comment. Cox writes: I had learned what it means to be a Christian who practices a Buddhist form of meditation - from the Jews.
Rabbi Jeffrey Schein, Professor of Education, Cleveland College of Jewish Studies. ---
This wonderful collection is ideal for renewing discussion of Shabbat in study groups everywhere.
Rabbi Jules Harlow, Founding Editor of The Rabbinical Assembly