Not Blogging On Shabbat – In A Post-Pluralist Environment

To Blog or Not To Blog (on Shabbat) – that is the question.

The traditional halachic answer would have been “of course not” – end of subject.

The pluralist answer would be “why not?” – different Jewish people observe (and don’t observe) shabbat in myriad different ways. If someone wants to blog as part of their celebration of shabbat – or because they don’t keep shabbat at all, then why on earth not?

Here’s a third view. We respect tradition – but we’re not _not_ blogging because of a traditional understanding of shabbat. And we do respect the myriad ways that Jews keep or don’t keep shabbat.

But here’s the scoop – we’re not gonna blog on shabbat – but from a different place.

Not because we believe in a traditional sense that it’s against halacha.
But because in a postmodern sense, we still see the Jewish people as being against paganism; and the paganism of this generation isn’t  Wiccans and  witches, it’s the world of 24/7. It’s bad for the world, and it’s bad for people – and as Jews, we’re the people who introduced into human history the idea of shabbat, and the related ideas of shmitta and yovel. Resting reminds us that we inherit this earth, we don’t own it. Resting is good for us, good for our families, good for our communities.

So we respect the ways that you keep or don’t keep shabbat. We actively defend your right to fly to Vegas and buy a bacon breakfast – on Shabbat. But we nevertheless, for ourselves, aren’t blogging on Shabbat, because we choose to rest and celebrate – and we invite you to consider doing likewise. Including switching off that fine computer you’re using right now…

Shabbat shalom – and chanukah sameach. May this year’s candles see miracles and happiness for all…


The Jew !

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3 Responses to “Not Blogging On Shabbat – In A Post-Pluralist Environment”

  1. The Carrot Says:

    That’s all very well and nice and good for you…

    But it’s Saturday, and I’m still growing.

    The Carrot

  2. BZ Says:

    I don’t think there’s any “traditional” answer to the question of blogging on Shabbat, since the concept of blogging didn’t exist in the old days. Therefore, all answers to this question are modern or postmodern; it’s just a question of what influences your answer. (And I don’t blog on Shabbat either.)

  3. Rabbi Shmuel Says:

    “Resting reminds us that we inherit this earth, we don’t own it.”

    My Native American friends woould tell me “we don’t own the earth – the earth owns us!”

    I hope I won’t let too many peolple down when I say that I don’t keep Shabbos (gasps) The way I see it, Shabbos keeps me! It’s all perspective – one of the farmer panel guys said shabbos was particularly challenging b/c he got a rhythm going during the week and shabbos kinda got in the way – like going to a gig, setting up and byt the time you play a couple of siongs, it’s time to break everything down – from where I see it, the week kinda gets in the way of shabbos (at least in this life) but actually we need both – you can’t appreciate shabbos unless you’ve toiled during the week (whether in home, office or field or sugarbush) it’s the transition from one stage to another that resonates with me. When I was a kid I used to love combing the edge of lakes b/c that’s where the cool stuff was (frogs/newts, etc) – The anticipation of shabbos is powerfull, heady stuff.
    “But it’s Saturday, and I’m still growing.

    The Carrot”

    So are we all but no longer under our own steam. When I did the first day of the ride, I like to think the first 40 miles were my own – fruits of my training and determination. The last 25 or so miles were clearly a gft from above. And I too, am proud to say that I don’t blog (or roll) on shabbos!

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