Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Sabbath (New York: Farrar, Straus and Young, 1951), p. 28.
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To set apart one day a week for freedom, a day on which we would not use the instruments which have been so easily turned into weapons of destruction, a day for being with ourselves, a day of detachment from the vulgar, of independence of external obligations, a day on which we stop worshipping the idols of technical civilization, a day on which we use no money…is there any institution that holds out a greater hope for man’s progress than the Sabbath?
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Suggested Discussion Questions:

1. In what ways have our instruments been turned into weapons of destruction?

2. In what ways do we worship the idols of technical civilization?

3. What is the hope Heschel is articulating?

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Time Period: Contemporary (The Yom Kippur War until the present-day)