Openings: Lieberman and Shabbat

By Yehudah Mirsky

The New Republic, August 21, 2000

This piece explores the dilemmas and realities involved in reconciling duties associated with Shabbat and work-life situations. Using the example of vice-presidential nominee Joe Lieberman, the piece draws on the experiences of those who have public policy duties to illuminate that communal needs which can be exemplified in government work, and ritual obligations associated with Shabbat are very much complementary. The piece asserts that under Jewish Law doing whatever it takes to preserve human life on the Sabbath or any other day is the rule and as such public policy duties that benefit people fall within this category generally speaking. The piece concludes by affirming that the tradition of Shabbat supports and welcomes the engagement with the world where rituals can be placed aside to the feed the poor or save a life.

Topic: Halakha, Ritual, Jewish Law, Tradition, Employment, Modernity, Government, Jobs

Name of Publication: The New Republic

Page Number(s): 50

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Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Mirsky, Yehudah. Openings: Lieberman and Shabbat. The New Republic. The New Republic. 21 August 2000: 50.


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