We spend most of our days living in “commodity time.” Just as our movements take us down a particular path over the course of our day, so does our daily life occupy a certain segment along the axis of time. In commodity time the points along that segment — when we get up, eat work, exercise, spend time with our loved ones, go to sleep – are dictated not so much by our physical needs, far less our emotional or spiritual ones, as by the demands of running an efficient marketplace…
Sabbaths are like periods inserted into an otherwise endless run-on sentence. They help us know when it is time to stop and take a breath. They remind us to take a weekly break from living in commodity time to re-anchor ourselves in what we might call “organic time,” a way of living more in tune with our own deepest needs — as well as those of our family and the entire community and society of which we are a part.
— Jewish With Feeling: A Guide to Meaningful Jewish Practice, by Rabbi Zalman Shachter-Shalomi with Joel Segel
(A copy of this book was just donated to the CBI library; come and borrow it anytime!)
Wishing everyone a sweet Shabbat! Join us tomorrow morning for services led by Rabbi Howard Cohen.