Dealing 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.