The Gift of Rest: Rediscovering the Beauty of the Sabbath

Joseph I. Lieberman, Author, David Klinghoffer, With
Sen. Joe Lieberman with David Klinghoffer. S&S/Howard, $22 (224p) ISBN 978-1-4516-0617-1
Reviewed on: 07/11/2011
Release date: 08/01/2011
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In this accessible and informed introduction and homage to the Sabbath, Lieberman, longtime U.S. senator from Connecticut, composes a personal and inspiring ode that encourages individuals of all faiths to accept a day of rest. Despite his hectic political life, including a vice presidential candidacy, Lieberman, an orthodox Jew, has remained steadfast in his observance of Sabbath, a day in which technology, business transactions, and mundane activities are disallowed. Far from detracting from his career, Lieberman contends that his adherence to the Sabbath's laws has energized and empowered him. Sharing personal political stories relevant to the day of rest and walking readers through each aspect of Shabbatland, his endearing term for the Sabbath experience, including brief explanations of some prayers and descriptions of typical Sabbath fare, Lieberman welcomes readers along his Sabbath journey. Each chapter offers simple ways, such as shutting off Blackberries and arranging a formal meal for family and friends, to make Sabbath meaningful to all people. This deeply sincere and highly readable composition is certain to help people rethink their concept of Sabbath and prod them to rest. (Aug.)
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