Shabbat is a radical, transformative idea.
In the ancient world, there were no weekends; most people worked seven days a week. Even those who lived more leisurely lives, like Pharaoh or the Mesopotamian rulers, had rigid roles to carry out and from which there was no break.
Then along came the Jews, with our peculiar creation story. Unlike any other creation narrative, ours begins as follows:
When God began to create heaven and earth – the earth being unformed and void, with darkness over the surface of the deep and a wind from God sweeping over the water— God... Read More