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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review July 18, 2008 / 15 Tamuz 5768

The Sanctification and Importance of Time

By Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo


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Familiarity with life is that what makes time speed, but once the world is no longer owned by man and time starts to represent "broken eternity" it becomes an experience, a value and it lasts longer. Time becomes quality time


“This is the burnt offering of the Sabbath on its Sabbath.”

                        —   Numbers 28:10


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | With this verse the Torah commands us to bring a special sacrifice on Sabbath in the Temple. The foremost commentator, Rashi, inquiries into the reason why there is a need to state the obvious: Of course a Sabbath offering needs to be brought on Sabbath!


Rashi replies in a every simple way: One may have thought that in case one forgot to bring this offering on one particular Sabbath, one may still bring it on the next Sabbath, so that on the following Sabbath one would be bringing two sacrifices. To make sure that this will not occur the Torah instructs us to bring this sacrifice only on its own Sabbath and not on the next one. Once the day has passed by, the offering is no longer valid.


Although there are definitely occasions where Jewish Law does allow one to make up for certain mitzvas (duties) which were not performed at the right time, this is mainly in a case of duress. In some other cases one may still have the opportunity to perform a mitzvah, but this is only bedi'avad (a posteriori) and not lechatechila (a priori). While the expression "Jewish time" is well known, reflecting a kind of ease with time in which coming too late is not uncommon, it cannot be denied that Judaism is a religion which takes time most seriously. Indeed the first occasion that the Torah speaks about holiness is not in relation to space but with time: The creation of Sabbath as related in the creation chapter. Indeed commencing Sabbath one minute too late or ending it one minute too early may be the violation of its very sanctity.


Sabbath protects man against himself. By nature man is always busy trying to fill time and space with himself. On Sabbath he is asked to do the reverse. He must make space for the rest of creation. As such he must let up and not reign over space and time. He is asked to bow his head and to let time and space do their own thing. With the prohibition not to do "work" on Sabbath, and through the restriction against moving objects around in a public space on this holy day, he learns how to accommodate and give space its own room. The same is true about time. It is not he who decides when Sabbath begins or ends, it is a Power outside himself manifested in the celestial order which determines when this day will start and end. As such he can no longer take time for granted. It suddenly takes on its own life. It is at that moment that man starts to appreciate time.


Familiarity with life is that what makes time speed, but once the world is no longer owned by man and time starts to represent "broken eternity" it becomes an experience, a value and it lasts longer. Time becomes quality time.


Sabbath teaches man how he is able to make more time out of duration. By participating in a festive meal on Sabbath the world begins to get a different face. Spending time together is not just absorbed by the length of time but also by its depths. Songs and words Torah spoken at the table are the components through which every minute does not just have its length but also its distinctiveness.


To be in time is to acknowledge its quality. To set fixed times for meals and other occasions is not just putting order in one's life but also an opportunity to sanctify those moments. A great amount of irregularity is not just creating chaos but also the manifestation of the secularization and profaning of time. It transgresses its sanctity.


This is clearly what the Torah is teaching us in the above mentioned verse. Matters of importance have to be dealt with at their appropriate time. To postpone often means to profane.

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