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Actress Julia Roberts Shares Poem Describing Benefits of Shabbat Observance

Earlier this week, actress Julia Roberts shared on Instagram this poem about quarantining and social distancing

https://www.instagram.com/p/B9uqjEanInA/

What if you thought of it

as the Jews consider the Sabbath — the most sacred of times?”

Cease from travel. Cease from buying and selling.

Give up, just for now,

on trying to make the world

different that it is.

Sing. Pray. Touch only those

to whom you commit your life.

Center down.”

According to the Algemeiner

Unger wrote the three-paragraph poem, titled “Pandemic,” last week. She said thinking about the “restrictions” observant Jews face during Shabbat helped her form her poem.

“We generally think of restrictions as being a negative,” she told the Chicago Tribune. “But the idea of the Sabbath is that accepting these restrictions — you can’t exchange money, drive a car, work — can be a spiritual discipline that is a source of beauty, a source of the holy, as opposed to just being a pain in the ass.”

I wonder if Julia has shared it with her close friend Richard Gere. I can’t imagine he’d like it too much.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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