Six Days/Seven Days

From the book How to Run a Traditional Jewish Household:

To some extent, Shabbat achieves what the song title suggests: “Stop the World, I Want to Get Off.”

Let me paraphrase the biblical injunction, as it speaks to me, a contemporary person:

Six days shall you be a workaholic;
on the seventh day, shall you join the serene company of human beings.
Six days shall you take orders from your boss;
on the seventh day, shall you be master/mistress of your own life.
Six days shall you toil in the market;
on the seventh day, shall you detach from money matters.
Six days shall you create, drive, create, invent, push;
on the seventh day, shall you reflect.
Six days shall you be the perfect success;
on the seventh day, shall you remember that not everything is in your power.
Six days shall you be a miserable failure;
on the seventh day, shall you be on top of the world.
Six days shall you enjoy the blessings of work;
on the seventh day, shall you understand that being is as important as doing.

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About this series of posts: One of my major areas of interest (personally and professionally) is Sabbath-keeping. Since this trip I’m on is a sort of extended Sabbath experience, I’ve collected some quotes and thoughts about the topic to share while I’m away. Ah, the miracle of scheduled posts…

Image: Creation, from the St. John’s Bible

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