From the book How to Run a Traditional Jewish Household: To some extent, Shabbat achieves what the song title suggests: “Stop the World, I Want to Get Off.”
Let me paraphrase the biblical injunction, as it speaks to me, a contemporary person:
Six days shall you be a workaholic; on the seventh day, shall you join the serene company of human beings. Six days shall you take orders from your boss; on the seventh day, shall you be master/mistress of your own life. Six days shall you toil in the market; on the seventh day, shall you detach from money matters. Six days shall you create, drive, create, invent, push; on the seventh day, shall you reflect. Six days shall you be the perfect success; on the seventh day, shall you remember that not everything is in your power. Six days shall you be a miserable failure; on the seventh day, shall you be on top of the world. Six days shall you enjoy the blessings of work; on the seventh day, shall you understand that being is as important as doing.
About this series of posts: One of my major areas of interest (personally and professionally) is Sabbath-keeping. Since this trip I'm on is a sort of extended Sabbath experience, I've collected some quotes and thoughts about the topic to share while I'm away. Ah, the miracle of scheduled posts...
Image: Creation, from the St. John's Bible