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If I ruled the world

Bring back the sabbath—it holds society together

Lord Sacks: “You can’t have the peace and quiet that used to mark the British Sunday if, as now, the roads are crowded, the shops are open, and everything is for sale.”

If I ruled the world I would resign immediately. It’s hard enough, individually and collectively, to rule ourselves, let alone others. But if offered an hour before I resigned I would enact one institution that has the power to transform the world. It’s called the sabbath.

The idea of a weekly day of collective rest was unprecedented in…

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