The Gift of Rest: Rediscovering the Beauty of the Sabbath
A Book Event with US Senator Joe Lieberman
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For millennia, the peace of the Sabbath has enriched those who observe it. But in an era of Listen to Audio

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limitless connectivity, overscheduling and declining religious observance, fewer and fewer set aside a day of rest. Yet, argues former vice presidential candidate and Senator Joe Lieberman, ceasing all activity, including work, for a weekly Sabbath observance has profound benefit for people of all religions. In his new book, The Gift of Rest (Howard Books), Senator Lieberman offers a look at the beauty of the Sabbath observance – a practice that has anchored, ordered, and inspired his own life. Combining personal and political memoir with history and broadly informed religious reflection, Senator Lieberman will offer simple suggestions for introducing the Sabbath into your own life, and elaborate on how religion has affected his career in politics.
5:45 PM

6:00 PM


BILL BENNETT, "Bill Bennett’s Morning in America"

Question and Answer

7:00 PM
Adjournment, Reception and Book Signing
Event Summary

WASHINGTON, SEPTEMBER 20, 2011—In his new book, "The Gift of Rest: Rediscovering the Beauty of the Sabbath," US Senator Joseph Lieberman quotes the Zionist essayist Ahad Ha’am: “More than Israel has kept the Shabbat, the Shabbat has kept Israel." As Sen. Lieberman reflected in a discussion at AEI on his Sabbath observance, it became evident that more than he has kept Shabbat, Shabbat has kept him. He explained how setting aside the pressures of the Senate for one day a week has benefited him spiritually and personally. Sen. Lieberman looks forward to the "oasis in time" when he can shut off his Blackberry and computer and spend the Sabbath day in prayer, song and reflection with his family and community. Answering questions from the audience and moderator William Bennett, he explored the role of religious observance in his public life and shared personal stories about discussions on faith with Sarah Palin, Senate colleagues and religious role models in his life. A reception and book signing followed the discussion.



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Speaker Biographies

William J. Bennett is a respected voice on cultural, political and education issues in America. He is the Washington Fellow at the Claremont Institute; a CNN contributor; and the host of a nationally broadcast radio program, “Bill Bennett's Morning in America.” He is also the chairman of Americans for Victory over Terrorism, a project dedicated to sustaining and strengthening public opinion as the war on terrorism moves forward. Mr. Bennett served as President Ronald Reagan's chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (1981–85) and secretary of education (1985–88) and President George H.  W. Bush's "drug czar" (1989–90). He recently published a two-volume history of the United States, America: The Last Best Hope,—both volumes of which were New York Times best-sellers. In April 2005, the New York Times named Bennett the "leading spokesman of the Traditional Values wing of the Republican Party."

Senator Joseph Lieberman is in his fourth and final term representing Connecticut in the United States Senate. He is chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which is responsible for oversight of the Department of Homeland Security and assuring the efficiency and effectiveness of the federal government. In addition, he is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, where he is chairman of the Subcommittee on Airland and sits on the Personnel and Seapower Subcommittees and the Small Business Committee. Senator Lieberman was elected to the Connecticut State Senate in 1970 and served there for ten years, including the last six as majority leader. In 1980, he returned to private legal practice for two years, and from 1983 through 1988, he served as Connecticut's 21st attorney general. Senator Lieberman was first elected to the United States Senate in 1988. He was the Democratic candidate for vice president in 2000. In 2006, Senator Lieberman was elected to a fourth term as an Independent. He remains committed to caucusing with Senate Democrats but is identified as an Independent Democrat (ID-CT).  Senator Lieberman lives in Stamford and Washington with his wife Hadassah. Together they are the proud parents of four children and eleven grandchildren.

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