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  •  Leviticus 23:3 (1+ / 0-)
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    commands the Jews to "do no manner of work" on the Sabbath, whereas Leviticus 23:7 requires them to "do no manner of servile work" on the festivals. The general interpretation of the latter is that work can be done on the festivals if it contributes to the enjoyment of the festival and could not have been done beforehand.

    The Sabbath restrictions do not prohibit everything that takes effort. On the contrary, Jews are encouraged to play games, take a stroll, study the Torah, sing, attend lectures, or make love with their spouse on the Sabbath. It is work that is forbidden on the Sabbath - play is encouraged.

    IMHO, Joe should have been playing mah jong, or banging Hadassah, not voting in the senate.

    Only a fool fights in a burning house

    by CTMET on Sat Feb 17, 2007 at 01:19:25 PM PST

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    •  first off - eww! (1+ / 0-)
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      secondly, the more relevant quotation is not the biblical prohibition on "malacha" (work) but the talmudic discussion of what constitutes malacha. of all the categories listed, "voting in the senate" isn't one of them. this dicussion (and the rabinnic commentaries on them) are quite detailed. but as long as he walked to capitol hill (either only carrying stuff through an "eruv" or not carrying anything), pushed open the swinging door, and used his voice to say "nay," he's fine.

      "Be radical, be radical, be not too damned radical." - Whitman [-4.50, -5.79]

      by DemHillStaffer on Sat Feb 17, 2007 at 01:32:25 PM PST

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