Mudhouse Sabbath // Lauren F. Winner.

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In this short work, Lauren Winner, once practicing Jew, shares how 11 Jewish disciplines can bolster the Christian life–one that she now lives. This primer is extremely accessible, full of life examples and succinct writing. Winner does not presume to claim divine, salvific magic in embodying these disciplines. Rather, along First Testament (OT) thought, there’s something powerful when we do an act: it affects our mind and heart and spirit. In other words, the Christian faith should be a bodily life. Personally, her chapters on sabbath (shabbat), fitting food (kashrut), mourning (avelut), hospitality (hachnassat orchim), and prayer (tefillah) [pretty much the first half of the book] were extremely meaningful.

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