September 1, 2019
Presented as a diary of a year-long search, this book explores Sabbath-keeping from the point of view of a doubting Jew trying to make sense of what has become a quaint, modernly obsolete practice. Although it relies upon centuries of philosophical thought, all readers will find the book accessible, direct, and often humorous, aimed at others who, like me, cannot blindly “obey,” but demand a sensible basis for their practices. Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy. What does this mean? And why is it a moral obligation ranked high on a list that includes refraining from murder, lying, cursing, and picturing God? What is the Sabbath rest supposed to accomplish anyway? I finally boiled things down to this: Is there a good reason to keep the Sabbath? Part memoir and part philosophical argument and filled with wisdom and wit, this is a book that will appeal both to contemporary skeptical Jews seeking to preserve personal autonomy while continuing family traditions and to the countless “spiritual seekers” of all religions in search of the rootedness that tradition supplies without having to engage in what they might regard as hypocrisy.