Deep Shabbos: On Doing Nothing as Doing Something

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
7 PM at Congregation Or Tzion map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)


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The reason given in the Ten Commandments in Exodus for keeping the Shabbat is that God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh day. So we go to synagogue three times, eat three meals, spend a lot of time not doing activity. Is this the rest that is indicated by the Torah? What is the deep level of being like God on Shabbat? Shouldn’t we really be doing nothing? (Spoiler alert—yes, we should.)

Rabbi Dr. Aryeh Cohen

Rabbi Dr. Aryeh Cohen

Rabbi Dr. Aryeh Cohen is Professor of Rabbinic Literature at the Ziegler School for Rabbinic Studies of the American Jewish University, and the Rabbi in Residence at Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice. He sits on the board of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE). Cohen’s current research and writing is at the intersection of rabbinics and political activism. His latest book is Justice in the City: An Argument from the Sources of Rabbinic Judaism. He is also working on a feminist commentary to Tractate Shabbat of the Babylonian Talmud, which is part of an international feminist commentary project on the Babylonian Talmud, which will be published by Mohr Siebeck. Rabbi Cohen teaches most things rabbinic at Ziegler, and takes his Torah to the streets in the effort to bring about criminal justice reform, economic justice, racial justice, and generally to create a more just society. In May he was named a Giant of Justice by CLUE in recognition of his activism.


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