As the afternoon moves towards evening on Friday, every Friday, I begin to turn things off, it starts with the checkbook and moves to the washing machine, and soon the computer and all the various daily doings of my life drop away. I begin to turn toward the “Palace in Time” that Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel describes so beautifully.
“The seventh day is like a palace in time with a kingdom for all. It is not a date but an atmosphere.
It is not a different state of consciousness but a different climate; it is as if the appearance of all things somehow changed. The primary awareness is one of our being within the Sabbath rather than the Sabbath being within us. We may not know whether our understanding is correct, or whether our sentiments are noble, but the air of the day surrounds us like spring, which spreads over the land without our aid or notice.” ~Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
So, on that brief beautiful note, I send you blessings for whatever climate you can let yourself inhabit. I will connect back here Sunday.
To see the fuller text for the above sited quote from Rabbi Heschel’s work, buy his book The Sabbath (1951) from your local bookstore, or better yet get it out of the library and if you cannot do either of those you can also see some of it here at this site:
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I just read several recent entries of yours here. Very fun, I can hear your voice and feel the warmth and welcome of being in your home when I read your words – thank you!