Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Shabbat: Acknowledging Divine authority


"How, above all, does man show his domination over the earth? In that he can fashion all things in his environment to his own purpose... He can transform everything into an instrument of human service. He is allowed to rule over the world for six days with Gd's will. On the seventh day, however, he is forbidden by Divine behest to fashion anything for his own purpose. In this way he acknowledges that he has no rights of ownership or authority over the world... On each Sabbath day, the world, so to speak, is restored to Gd."

(Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch, Horeb 141)

Have a great day,

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