I went to Limmud NY 2011 and wrote a lot of posts about it. Here’s a guide to them.
I’m at Limmud NY 2011! Here are some notes from a session called Creating an Egalitarian Day for God, taught by William Friedman. I have a more full set of notes on the session over at Jewschool, but this bit is very liturgy-centric, so I’m posting it here at The Shuckle.
So Friedman, by way of introducing Deut. 5, mentioned that it’s a great text on Shabbat and that he wishes we used it in some ritual context–other than reading it on the week that it’s read, obviously. he said:
If I were a braver person, I’d start saying this at Kiddush every week.
Which is cool. Here’s the passage he was referring to:
(12) Six days shall you work and do all of your labor.
(13) The seventh day is a Sabbath to Adonai your God; do not labor on it, neither you nor your son, daughter, male-servant, female-servant, ox, donkey, any of your animals, nor the stranger in your gates–in order that you male- and female-servant may rest like you.
(14) Remember that you were servants in the land of Egypt, and that Adonai your God brought you out from there with a strong hand and an outstretched arm; thus Adonai your God commanded you to do the Sabbath day.