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CHAPTER 17Can America Learn from Shabbat?

RABBI ARTHUR WASKOW

Thirty years ago, I saw a film about the life of Francis of Assisi, perhaps the most beloved of Christian saints. Franco Zeffirelli’s Brother Sun, Sister Moon was full of Hollywood sentimentality and probably, in many ways, far from reality. In every scene, Lady Claire looked as though she’d just stepped from the set of a Lady Clairol commercial. Nonetheless, the movie contained a powerful message. Francis spoke sharply to those who, in his day, had become possessed with possessing, obsessed with producing and consuming. Francis reminded them to remember what Christ said about ...

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