by Shira Engel

Exiting Time

Sabbath revolutionizes society

The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time, by Judith Shulevitz (Random House, $26), tells two stories that run parallel and then unexpectedly intersect. The first story is of Shulevitz herself, a religious skeptic raised in Puerto Rico, cultivating her adolescent rebellion against the Sabbath. The second is the historical narrative of the Sabbath as a social, chronological, governmental, domestic and religious institution. Both stories — one contemporary and personal, the other ancient and divine — are perpetually evolving. The Sabbath evolves for Puritans, Lutherans, Jews, feminists, college students, Marxists — and even for the working class, as it is a day when rest is mandated through strict rules.

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