Secrets of the 7th Day How Everyone Can Find Renewal Through the Wisdom and Practices of the Sabbath

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  • Copyright: 2014-11-04
  • Publisher: White Cloud Press
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Life is hectic. Moms, dads, kids — all of us — are running at breakneck speed. We need to find ways to be renewed — as individuals, as families, and in our communities. Sara Schley, who runs at her own breakneck speed as wife and mother of twins while leading a successful company consulting to businesses on sustainability, has found soul-saving sanity and renewal through her family's observance of the Jewish Sabbath (Shabbat). Secrets of the 7th Day, the first book in the Radical Renewal series, is about how everyone can learn from this ancient Jewish ritual, whether or not they are Jews or even religious. The practice of unplugging from the world, slowing down, and sharing in the simple joys of food, stories, songs, and the outdoors can be celebrated by all. Secrets of the 7th Day invites readers to make their own these beautiful practices for renewing the spirit. Ancient as the Sabbath is, we need it now more than ever.

Author Biography

Sara Schley: Sara Schley is co-founder with her husband Joe Laur of Seed Systems, an international consulting company promoting sustainability in industry. She is a Jewish mother who is passionate about sharing her family's Sabbath traditions with all people.

Table of Contents


Foreword. vii
A Crazed and Hectic Friday Afternoon . 1
Preparing for the Sabbath. 5
What is Worthy, Endures . 7
Letting Go. 9
Our Family’s Shabbat Rituals. 11
Baking Bread. 12
Winding Down. 13
Tidying Our Space. 13
Cooking for the Sabbath. 13
Wearing White . 14
Making Music. 15
The Basics. 15
Lighting the Candles. 16
Blessing the Wine and Voicing Gratitude . 21
Hand-washing. 23
Remarrying Every Week. 25
Blessing the Bread. 26
Enjoying the Feast. 27
Saturday Morning . 29
Saturday Afternoon. 32
Shabbat Winds Down. 34Saturday Night. 37
And the Week Begins Again . 38
A Reality Check: Living in 21st-Century America. 40
Not Born to Buy. 44
Sara’s Guidelines for Radical Renewal on the 7th Day. 46
Getting Started: Sara’s Shabbat at a Glance . 48
Setting the Shabbat Table. 49
Sara’s Scrumptious Challah Bread Recipe. 50
Sara’s Shabbat Chicken. 54
Sara’s Crispy Potatoes. 55
Green Leafy Veggies. 56
Blueberry Smoothies for Dessert. 57
Sara Schley’s Version of the Sabbath Prayers. . . . . . . . . . .58
Appendix. 60
Acknowledgements and Gratitude. 62

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