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April 4th, 2010
10:50 PM ET

A Day of Rest

People of all cultures have typically observed a mandatory day of rest. Most do it for religious reasons. However, as writer Judith Shulievitz found while researching the topic, the Sabbath holds unseen benefits that could be more important for the modern world than ever before.

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  1. A. Smith, Oregon

    This greatly depends on the employer, if he/she is one of the Republican led US Corporations the chances you are permitted to have the Sabbath OFF are slim to none.

    This archaic form of labor law is seldom observed by many Republican led US Corporations which skirt labor laws and force their unfortunate employee's to work long hours with split rotating days off.

    April 5, 2010 at 1:00 pm |
  2. Cindy

    Did you know that the Sabbath was instituted on the seventh day of Creation? The seventh day is the only day that God blessed and hallowed and set apart as a special day to spend with Him as well as family. Check the calendar and see which day is actually the isn't Sunday!!

    April 5, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  3. Hamilton

    Where will we be in 10 years? 20 years?

    April 7, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  4. Carl M

    I grew up in a "blue law" state, where on Sundays, pretty much everything except essential services were shut down. As an optimist, I think it's a great idea, and could only help bring families and communities together at a time when we need it most.

    However, as a retail manager and realist, I think it's got about as much chance of happening as my dog spontaneously turning into a petunia. In these days of 24 hour superstores consumers demand instant access to everything at all times. Modern retail simply won't let a weekend day (which can be 15-25% of weekly business) go away.

    April 8, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  5. Bill B

    As Cindy above stated the Sabbath is the seventh day of the week, which is Saturday.

    Any enforcement of the Sabbath by the government would be against what this country was founded. Religious liberty

    April 10, 2010 at 1:29 pm |
  6. eryn

    God knew our need for rest.. So since the beggining, in the garden of eden, he gave us the seventh day of the week wich is Saturday to rest, it was suppouse to be a day of Joy, worship, mental, fisic and spiritually rest in the Lord, forgetting about everything else and focus and God, his creation, and our family, even in the 4th Commandment of the holly law of God it's enforce it. But people, have forget this beautiful blessing. There is a prophecy, gave more than 100 years ago that said, that on the last days, a federal Sunday Law will b promulgated, here at USA, and the world will follow it, Invalidating, like this the Law of God, making the 1st day of the week wich is sunday a sacred day of worship, instead of the holly Sabbath day, saturday! Very interestin topic.

    April 18, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  7. Joey

    Unfortunately the writer of the book doesn't have a clue as to the real meaning of the Sabbath. Your previous writer, Cindy, said it correctly.

    April 18, 2010 at 8:55 pm |