A Palace In Time Heschel Analysis

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As a dimension widely considered inextricable from human existence as a whole, concepts of time and temporal existence often intersect with those of sacredness and spirituality. Indeed, many religions equate “time” to mortality, with the “temporal” representing the irreligious and worldly confines that precede eternity, Heaven, or Enlightenment. Contrarily, within the introductory chapter of his text The Sabbath, entitled “A Palace in Time,” author and Jewish mystic Abraham Joshua Heschel eloquently proposes the glorification of “time” as an inherently divine element.
To Heschel, time evokes divinity. The sabbatical observance and glorification of the seventh day runs adjacent to that of God, who, accordingly, did not lackadaisically “rest” on the seventh day but rather deliberately “built” the Sabbath and its underlying concept of menuhah—abstractly defined by the author as “tranquility,” “serenity,” “peace,” “repose,” and perhaps most importantly “the essence of good life.” Heschel conceptualizes the Jewish Sabbath as a recurrent, sanctified moment in time by which holiness exudes; essentially, his conception of sabbatical observation does not equate to the popular, non-theological understanding of “Sabbath” as rest and …show more content…

Instead, Heschel emphasizes the importance of the Sabbath as a moment of celebration of “the majesty of holiness in time,” a day by which observant Jews carve out holiness in the experiential moments of time amid the materialism of tangible space. Time—particularly, sabbatical time—thereby does not undermine the practical importance of labor and civilization, but instead grants meaning to these spatial elements. In short, as Heschel asserts, “It is not a thing that lends significance to a moment; it is the moment that lends significance to

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