Thursday, October 18, 2012

Opinion: Why young people are setting time aside for faith

A Conservative rabbi and a Seventh-Day Aventist minister talk about a resurgence of the Sabbath 

One woman in her early 30s, who formally converted to Judaism this past week, wrote in a conversion essay: “On Shabbat we are encouraged to live it up, to surround ourselves with friends and family, laugh, tell stories and go to bed knowing that we have a whole morning and afternoon ahead of us to spend however we like. We sing, raise a glass and toast life, then go make crazy, passionate love to our partner. I beg my not-quite-convinced friends to tell me which life, secular or religious, sounds more restrictive?”

Similarly, as a Seventh-day Adventist minister, one of us knows that among the greatest appeals of that faith community is its serious observance of the Sabbath. For Seventh-day Adventists, the Sabbath is at the center of religious life. -- Adam Greenwald,  executive director of the Miller Introduction to Judaism Program at American Jewish University; and Geoffrey Nelson-Blake, community organizer with the San Francisco Organizing Project; Washington Post

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