Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Great Regulars: "The primary labors are 40 minus one,"

the Mishnah instructs, and it divides them into several categories. First come the 11 kinds of work necessary to bake bread. This includes everything from sowing seeds and plowing the fields to sifting flour, kneading dough, and baking. Then come the 13 labors involved in making clothing, from shearing wool to weaving threads, tying knots, and sewing stitches.

from Adam Kirsch: Tablet: Why the Sabbath Is Everything


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