Senator Lieberman’s Book About Shabbos Coming August 16

Tuesday August 2, 2011 11:42 AM - 15 Comments

joe-lieberman-shabbosDealing with the details of religious ritual observance is not often the subject of public discussion by prominent politicians. Senator Joseph Lieberman, who moves confidently in the highest echelons of political office, has maintained his observance of Shabbos Kodesh throughout his years in government. The Gift of Rest: Rediscovering the Beauty of the Sabbath, to be released on August 16 by Simon and Schuster’s Howard Books division, working together with OU Press | Jewish Educational Publications, is Senator Lieberman’s exploration of the profound impact observance of Shabbos has had on him.

In the book, Senator Lieberman shares his experiences, some humorous and some serious, drawn from a lifetime of public service, as he combined loyalty to his faith with responsibility to his office. Senator Lieberman’s reflections on the significance of Shabbos and how Shabbos observance has enriched his life and the lives of those around him are a call to spirituality to those in high office as well as an inspiration to the man and woman in the street.

A longtime Connecticut Senator and the author of numerous books, Senator Lieberman recently announced he would not run for office in 2012. In 2000, he ran for Vice President of the United States as Al Gore’s running mate.

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15 Responses to “Senator Lieberman’s Book About Shabbos Coming August 16”

1. Comment from Yid
Time August 2, 2011 at 3:33 PM

beautiful

2. Comment from What?!
Time August 2, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Maybe the Reb Yosef can enlighten us regarding the Halachos of Same gender marriage & abortion?! How about an update on his position regarding Jonathan Pollard? How about school vouchers? This is truly a great day! Ahh, what a great role model we are zoche to have in our midst! No Tachnun please!

3. Comment from AryehMD
Time August 2, 2011 at 5:22 PM

May I respectfully request that #2 log off the computer and find something better to do with his time? Neither Judaism nor politics is an all or nothing proposition. We can admire another Jew’s Shabbos observance (especially a public figure who creates a tremendous Kiddush Hashem by doing so) without completely signing off on all of his religious/political beliefs. At least most of us can.

4. Comment from Maamin
Time August 2, 2011 at 5:51 PM

How about Lieberman’s public psak that its okay for a Yid to intermarry. Any books on the subject forthcoming?

5. Comment from Maamin
Time August 2, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Lieberman works on Shabbos by walking to Congress when he needs to vote.

6. Comment from em
Time August 2, 2011 at 6:06 PM

What about his position that there is nothing wrong with intermarriage?
If he had only a minute amount of sechel he could have said that: Judaism allows a Jew to marry any race or nationality, as long as they accept the yoke of mitzvos!
What about his reply to the question as to how he could say the brachah “shelo asani Ishah”, if he believes in equality of the genders?
his answer ” I don’t say it”!
B”H he didn’t make it as V.P.
Don’t expect any daas Torah in this book.

7. Comment from anonymous
Time August 2, 2011 at 8:32 PM

Agree with #3.

8. Comment from to #3
Time August 2, 2011 at 8:49 PM

You are so much better than everybody because you are a doctor. We are ants compared to you. Hence I will refrain from saying what I was going to say that #2 was right! He walked to congress to vote on shabbos to advocate toeivah “rights”.

9. Comment from Lakewood Resident
Time August 2, 2011 at 11:23 PM

I am an admirer of Joe.

Keep up the good work.

10. Comment from 9 Days - Kiddush hashem
Time August 3, 2011 at 12:01 AM

TO ALL COMMENTERS - This is a frum Jew and it’s the 9 Days. Be careful. You’re playing with fire.

I have spent shabbos with Joe and he is a normal shomer shabbos Jew like countless others. It is not up to anyone here to paskin for Joe, as he has received his own psak from his rav regarding walking to vote on key items. This is not for us to discuss. So leave it at that.

Joe is a living, breathing kiddush hashem. This book is not about halachos or chiddushim in hilchos shabbos, it’s the perspective and admiration he holds of shabbos and the incredible things shabbos has done for him. Joe Liberman is quite possibly the most influential and publicly visible shomer shabbos Jew in America.

This book will likely inspire many, many secular Jews to reconsider shabbos and I for one can’t wait to buy it, read it, and give it to a few of my not-yet-observant colleagues at work. Real shabbos observance is something that MOST jews in america have never even considered. Over about 400 Jews in my office, I regularly have to explain what shabbos is to them.

As for the other issues regarding other statements that may have been made in the media, let’s remember that none of us live under the microscope in the way that Joe does. I know that I wouldn’t stand up to the scrutiny. Playing monday morning quarterback from the outside, without the perspective and background of someone truly in the know on how politics and government works is a best motsi shem rah, and I sincerely hope is an act of ignorance rather than the opposite (chas vshalom).

11. Comment from Joltin Joe
Time August 3, 2011 at 1:22 AM

may he go mechayil el chayil

12. Comment from Harry
Time August 3, 2011 at 4:42 AM

Those who know Joe know he is a sincere good man.

13. Comment from hesh
Time August 3, 2011 at 9:43 AM

cant wait to read the book

14. Comment from Maamin
Time August 3, 2011 at 1:22 PM

I’m looking forward to reading the book

15. Comment from Maamin
Time August 3, 2011 at 3:32 PM

… detailing the heterim to work on Shabbos.

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