Rabbi Rifat Sonsino, Ph.D.

Rabbi Rifat Sonsino, Ph.D., is rabbi emeritus at Temple Beth Shalom in Needham, MA, and is a faculty member of the Department of Theology at Boston College. He is the author of Did Moses Really Have Horns? And Other Myths About Jews (2009) and Judaism and And God Spoke These Words: The Ten Commandments and Contemporary Ethics (2014).

The Mysterious Origins of the Sabbath

Rabbi Rifat Sonsino, Ph.D.
The Sabbath (Shabbat in Hebrew) is one of Judaism’s greatest gifts to humanity. People in the ancient Near East had nothing similar to the Jewish concept of a weekly sacred day of rest.