Almost 13 years ago, I read Judith Shulevitz's New York Times article Taking Back Sabbath and still today, it has a profound effect on me. As a society, we've put such an emphasis on work and being busy and this article reminds us of the importance of Sabbath, what “Sabbath” is and what it means in all of our lives – regardless of our faith background.
Today, our conversation with Judith will challenge you to build a pause into your week, nourish your community and remember that you are so much more than what you do.
If you were inspired by Judith's take on Sabbath, you'll love Live Inspired Podcast guests Mark Scharenbroich + Radha Agrwal. On ep. 40, Mark shared the importance of acknowledging, honoring, + connecting with those around us and Radha shared concrete ideas on how to combat the loneliness epidemic + build your community on ep. 98.
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JUDITH SHULEVITZ LIVE INSPIRED 7
1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? The Bible.
2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Take in the wisdom of our elders.
3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? Books with photographs of my children.
4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Founders of Karaitism [Nehemia Gordon and Ḥakham Meir Rekhavi] or Martin Luther.
5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Before you make a major change in your life, ask yourself, "what would it be like every morning to do that thing? Would it feel good or would it feel bad?"
6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Trust yourself. Stop doubting everything you do. Stop wishing you'd done everything differently and realize that everything happened for a reason and move on.
7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? I set a good example for my children.
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