Shabbostic: Maintaining Holy Ambience For The Sabbath

Shabbostic: Maintaining Holy Ambience For The Sabbath

“It’s just not Shabbostic.” Every Friday in my office, we’re allowed to wear our company t-shirts. Because of this, I was finding myself still wearing the shirt when Shabbat would roll in that if Shakhar and I were inviting the Sabbath at home. Suddenly, this extremely comfortable t-shirt started to feel weird to me. No, the t-shirt hadn’t suddenly changed in any physical way, but […]

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My Lutheran Upbringing & Why I Don’t Drive On Shabbat

My Lutheran Upbringing & Why I Don’t Drive On Shabbat

If you go through most Jewish communities on a Saturday, you’ll probably notice Jewish families walking to and from synagogue and each other’s homes – usually dressed to the nines and never carrying anything. The reason for this is because it is Shabbat: the Jewish Sabbath. During Shabbat, there are things Jews should and should not do. Work and commerce are the big no-nos, but […]

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Taking a Technology Sabbath – Unplugging (No Religious Beliefs Necessary)

Taking a Technology Sabbath – Unplugging (No Religious Beliefs Necessary)

I recently wrote an article about taking a technology sabbath on LinkedIn of those addicted to their media devices (which is practically everyone I know). It goes to show that the Sabbath, even beyond “religious” purposes can help everyone’s spiritual condition. Jew and Gentile alike – we all need a break! 

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I Still Miss Pork Rinds

There are many rabbis I’ve heard talk about how we should make our will conform to the Torah. I’ve heard Christian pastors say similar things about believers. While I see some value in keeping organizations together, I find that this kind of thinking makes it where the Torah isn’t that much different from the world. It doesn’t feel as fresh. If the Torah’s laws are […]

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How We’re Wired: Day of Rest

In this very fast-paced world, many are looking to ancient ways of dealing with modern problems. Today, stress is a huge contributor to illness and the reasons why seem to elude us. Hundreds of years ago, people who worked with their hands and minds still lived considerably long lives; even with the lack of breakthroughs in medical innovation that we enjoy today. Many are discovering that the reason why […]

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“I’m Shutting Down Applebee’s, So Don’t Be A Dingus.”

If you were to ask someone who doesn’t keep Shabbat when Shabbat starts, even if they were knowledgeable of other cultures, they’d probably tell you that it starts Friday night at sundown. While this seems fairly feasible, if you were to ask someone who keeps Shabbat when Shabbat starts for them, they’d probably tell you that it starts Friday afternoon, Friday morning, or even possibly Thursday or […]

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Shabbat: You Don’t Have To

A co-worker was walking by my desk one day and struck up a conversation with me. Somehow, we got on the subject of music and my band.  “But that’s gotta kinda suck that you can’t play shows on Friday nights because of the whole Jewish Sabbath thing.”  I didn’t really think about it too much before replying.  “No, actually it’s really nice to have a […]

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