ONLINESabbath as Gift and Command: Jewish and Christian Perspectives

September 11, 2023 Boston Free
(Photo: nattstudio/iStock)
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In our time when productivity is equated with virtue, the practice of keeping Sabbath has emerged as a strategy for achieving work-life balance, as a kind of “wellness program” without connection to religious meaning and without recognition of the profound traditions and interpretations of the Sabbath in the history of Jewish thought. Observing Sabbath increasingly is viewed as a fungible activity that can be deployed at any given point in a seven-day week, severing its origins as a divine gift to foster connection with God, creation, and neighbor.

This panel will consider what it means to enter into viewing Sabbath-keeping as a gift and as a commandment from God for humans to nurture. In addition, it will ask what it means for this to be a practice shared, yet shaped differently, by Jews and Christians.

Panelists: Susannah Heschel (Dartmouth College), Brian Robinette (Boston College) and Joanna Kline (Gordon College)

This is a hybrid event, offered both in-person and online.

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Monday, September 11, 2023, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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