This article perfectly illustrates the problems with current Sabbath observance. First, as a formerly observant Jew (I observed the Jewish Sabbath for 15 years in a variety of communities), I found Jewish Sabbath observance to be socially suffocating and spritually depressing. I was not surprised that the author did not mention God once in the entire article. Second, since ceasing to observe the Sabbath I have found that I am quite capable of finding "down time" to relax and properly enjoy life. Third, my spiritual life has dramatically improved since I have stopped observing the Sabbath. While Sabbath observant, I felt that the numerous restrictions and obligations weighed heavily upon me and sadly, the supposed "day of rest" was neither restful nor relaxing. Fourth, an Orthodox Jew told me recently that he would have no problem if there were laws in Israel enforcing the Sabbath with fines and/or imprisonment. Is this the how the Sabbath will "keep" the Jewish people?
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from the article: How the Sabbath keeps the Jewish people