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Solving The Sabbath

Exactly what kind of ‘work’ is forbidden on Shabbat — and why?

05/06/2010

The Sabbath is a puzzle. The Torah, saying almost nothing about Sabbath practice beyond various forms of the command “don’t do work on it,” left it to subsequent generations to make sense of its purposes.

 Seder Tikkunei Shabbat, Vienna, 1724. JTS ms 8269. Courtesy of The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary.
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