Joe Lieberman Talks About His New Book “The Gift Of Rest” And Meeting Governor Palin

Watching this interview reminded me of when I met Governor Palin in Hershey, Pennsylvania last year. based on that meeting I’m pretty sure that Governor Palin will not announce on September 3rd, simply because she told me she won’t.

Writing about the experience I noted:

Two weeks ago when this meeting started to turn into a reality, my imagination went into overdrive. By the time I actually met her, well let’s just say I could probably write a book titled: “Things not to say to Governor Palin when you meet her for the first time”.

I got so flustered that I have to admit I kind of got all choked up on my words. The fact that I knew there where many more people in line waiting to meet her didn’t help! I don’t recall exactly what I said to her after that, but I do remember that all those words I had always thought I would say to her the first time we met suddenly appeared at the forefront of my brain and, unfortunately, those words tumbled out of my mouth in no logical order.

You can read the entire report here. But one of the things I told her was that she has a habit of putting up her best posts and doing her best speeches and interviews on a Friday night. Being that I observe the Sabbath I always miss the action. I said:  “If you run for president, please don’t announce on a Saturday”. Her response: “I’ll try to remember that”.

Governor Palin has since met thousands of people, so I wont hold it against her if she didn’t remember, but my gut instinct tells me that Governor Palin will not announce a run for the presidency on a Saturday. If I’m wrong, well it wont be my first time.

In any event, Joe Lieberman went on The Record With Greta Van Susteren to promote his new book: The Gift of Rest: Rediscovering the Beauty of the Sabbath.  Towards the end (at the 5:10 mark) of the interview he talks about meeting Governor Palin for the first time to help her prepare for her debate with Joe Biden. A topic he elaborates on in his book.


People sometimes ask me about the Sabbath. If you’ve never done it, it is difficult to explain. From sunset Friday until darkness on Saturday, you’re completely down, completely out. No phones, no computers, no internet, no TV. You’re completely cut off from the world. You can’t drive, travel, go shopping or handle money. Lights have to be switched on or off before the Sabbath as switching on lights is forbidden. Cooking is not allowed and all food has to be prepared in advance. When you’ve been brought up that way from the day you were born, it’s part of your life. But I always tell my non-Jewish friends, to just try it sometime, you’ll love it.


In this video (Via talks about the Sabbath from his home in Connecticut:


I don’t usually review or recommend books, especially those I haven’t even read yet. But if this book is only half as good as the reviews say it is, I would definitively recommend it.


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The Book Description:

The Sabbath is a gift that Senator Joe Lieberman, as an observant Jew, received from his parents who, in turn, received it from their parents, who received it from generations of Jews before them. According to ancient tradition, the line of transmission extends back to Moses at Mt. Sinai, who received the Sabbath as the fourth of the Ten Commandments. In this book, Lieberman will offer the gift of Sabbath observance—a gift that has anchored, ordered, and inspired his life—to readers of all faiths.

In the past century, the Sabbath has fallen on hard times. It is thought of as just another day or as a time to squeeze in some extra errands or recreation that you may have missed during the workweek. The weekend passes in a blur of often meaningless activity. Combining personal and political memoir with history and broadly informed religious reflection, this book is a practical how-to guide, with simple suggestions for introducing the Sabbath into your own life. It will be a very personal book, yet also one animated by reflections on history and larger social trends. It will also include profound reflections of both classical and modern Jewish sages, from the Talmud and the ancient Jewish prayer book, the Siddur, to Maimonides, to Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and Rabbi Soloveitchik.

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  • Anonymous

    Thx Sheya. Joe is a stand up guy.

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  • Anonymous

    Joe, thanks so much for cheering up our Sarah before the big vice presidential debate of 2008. You’re definitely correct that she won that night, and I don’t think it’s ungracious of you to take a little credit for that victory. G-d bless.

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  • Thank you Sheya.  I have fasted many times in my life, though not Jewish and I must admit I have never thought of not turning the lights on and off, but I may try what you have described, because I know the values involved with that non-activity.  I have also learned the power of nothing.  Regarding Mrs. Palin’s announcement, if she decides to do so:  1.) How about a Tuesday?  2.) How about during the debut of the new “Katie” show on ABC?  And finally, but this would be a real reach, how about 3.) During the new “Katie” show?  Fasting not only helps to clear the mind, but can sharpen it.  LOL  Thanks for the SHEYA site.  GB

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