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The Religious Value of Rest and Leisure

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/socialjusticerav/item/the_religious_value_of_rest_and_leisure

We are immersed in responsibilities and commitments to work, family, community, society, and the world. I do believe that a primary purpose for human existence is to toil, work, and serve. The value of work is expressed throughout Jewish sources: “Great is work because even Adam did not taste food until he had performed work” (Avot d’Rebbe Natan, ch. 11). But we might ask: is there a religious value to rest and leisure?

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