Every seventh day we are called to step out of the world as it is, and reimagine the world as it ought to be. To stand on the margins of society rather than deep within it, and see – with new perspective – what is broken, what is beautiful and what is possible.
We take this holy task very seriously. At IKAR, Shabbat is the central organizing principle of the community. It not only forms the rhythm of our week, but after some time has started to form the rhythm of our lives. It is the constant reminder that things need not be as they are – in our lives, in our community, in the world. And it is the reminder that each of us is surrounded by blessings – hidden and revealed – but often we must SLOW DOWN to recognize and celebrate the abundance.
In the tempestuous ocean of time and toll there are islands of stillness where a person may enter a harbor and reclaim her dignity. The island is the seventh day, the Sabbath." // A.J. Heschel