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Title: The Miracle of The Seventh Day

Friday, August 1st, 2003

Title: The Miracle of The Seventh Day
Author: Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Pub., A Wiley Imprint, San Francisco, CA


The sub-title is of The Miracle of the Seventh Day is A Guide to the Spiritual Meaning, Significance and Weekly Practice of the Jewish Sabbath, written by Rabbi Steinsaltz, a leader among the activists of the Kiruv movement, this very attractively published volume is designed to be a working tool toward assisting the newly initiated toward understanding the hidden meanings of prayer.

The Miracle of The Seventh Day is not a siddur, or prayer book, but a guide toward Jewish custom in the home, beginning with the lighting of Shabbos candles, Kiddush, Birchat Hamazon (grace following meals), Melava Malkah (escorting the Sabbath Queen), etc. As with almost all his writings, Rabbi Steinsaltz writes in clear, reasoned exposition, demonstrating his basic value as a teacher – and instructor – to the newly initiated, as well as an expositor of the many hidden meanings to those who may feel familiar with liturgy and custom.

Each section begins with Rabbi Steinsaltz’ introduction, assisting our entry (or re-entry) into the “World of Sabbath.” We have many Minhagim (customs) and Halakhot (laws) that we observe to enhance the reality of the experience of the Jewish Sabbath, which is not merely a day of rest – but a day of renewal and inspiration.

Each prayer or blessing includes a modern Ivrit transliteration printed in English, line for line, and the entire volume is printed in an unusual format that makes it quite compact (easy to lay on the table along-side meals). The typography, including both a modern Hebrew typeface, as
well as the English, is quite attractive, and printed on very good quality, acid-free paper stock, smythe-sewn bound to lay perfectly flat when opened to any particular page. That the title page says this is “An Arthur Kurzweil Book” is indicative of the exceptional work of this well-known exponent of better Judaica publication.

Rabbi Jonathan Chipman, and Yehudit Shabtai performed the wonderfully reflective translation (from the original written in Lashon Kodesh). 

Joe Lieberman: A Plug For Religious Accommodation

Friday, June 13th, 2003

We were sharply critical of 2000 Vice Presidential candidate Joe Lieberman over a variety of issues. And we expect that we will have a lot to say about him in the coming months as he pursues the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination. Hopefully, he will draw more positive comment from us this time around as he runs on his own and not as second banana.

In this connection, we are happy to note the positive note he struck last week for religious toleration when the celebrated debate amongst the various declared Democratic presidential contenders was convened at a time after the close of the Jewish Sabbath in order to accommodate his Sabbath observance.

Senator Lieberman’s request for that accommodation, even in the midst of seeking the highest elective office in the land, profoundly underscores the seriousness observant Jews attach to abstention from work on the Sabbath, and cannot but foster greater acceptance of the principle of religious observance accommodation on the job.

Mr. Lieberman, ABC News which televised the debate, the Democratic Party and the other aspirants are to be applauded for this salutary gesture. Further, as reported in The New Republic, the next day, in a political appearance at an evangelical church, Mr. Lieberman pointedly rejected the repeated importunings of the minister to participate in the religious fervor and expression taking place, even to the point of awkwardness. We applaud this instance of Lieberman’s integrity as well.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/editorial/joe-lieberman-a-plug-for-religious-accommodation/2003/06/13/

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