July 4, 2013—SnyderTalk Editorial: Yahweh Alone Deserves Credit for the Sabbath


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Yahweh Alone Deserves Credit for the Sabbath

Anyone who reads SnyderTalk regularly knows that I am an ardent supporter of Israel and the Jewish people.  In art, medicine, literature, business, and the sciences to name just a few fields of endeavor, Jewish people have made contributions that are far in excess of what you would expect given their percentage of the population.  The following facts prove that point beyond any doubt:

At least 187 Jews and people of half- or three-quarters-Jewish ancestry have been awarded the Nobel Prize, accounting for 22% of all individual recipients worldwide between 1901 and 2012, and constituting 36% of all US recipients during the same period.  In the research fields of Chemistry, Economics, Physics, and Physiology/Medicine, the corresponding world and US percentages are 27% and 39%, respectively.  Among women laureates in the four research fields, the Jewish percentages (world and US) are 38% and 50%, respectively.  Of organizations awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, 24% were founded principally by Jews or by people of half-Jewish descent.  (Jews currently make up approximately 0.2% of the world’s population and 2% of the US population.)

As a nation, Israel is a shining example of democracy and liberty in a region of the world where repression and brutality are common.  Israel is a world leader in technology, agriculture, medicine, and many other fields.  Both Israel and the Jewish people deserve a great deal of credit for their many accomplishments that have improved the quality of life for people around the globe.  Even so, neither Israel nor the Jewish people nor Judaism had anything to do with the establishment of the Sabbath.

That’s why I must take issue with Uri Heitner, a writer for Israel Hayom.   In an article titled “Why secular Jews need Shabbat”, he made the following remarks:

The Supreme Court’s decision last week regarding the opening of grocery stores in Tel Aviv on Shabbat is not per se about Shabbat, the values it embodies, the city’s ethos or the nature of public space in a Jewish and democratic state. The court was specifically concerned with the local authority’s obligation to follow the law and not selectively enforce it. Nevertheless, it is worthwhile to use this occasion to discuss the character of Shabbat in Israeli society.

Shabbat is one of Judaism’s greatest contributions to mankind, sanctifying the seventh day for rest. It is a day when we do not work, do not earn a living, do not conduct business or add to our wealth. A day devoted to family, to community, to leisure, culture, learning, and the spirit. Shabbat does not only belong to observant Jews but to all of us. It is in everyone’s interest that Shabbat not be a regular day of the week. But what makes it unlike other days? Different Jews will respond to this question according to their beliefs and lifestyles. Our public space should give expression to these different paths alongside each other.

I think that Heitner was correct about the Israeli Supreme Court’s reasoning in its recent decision, but he was wrong when he said, “Shabbat is one of Judaism’s greatest contributions to mankind.”  Yahweh deserves all of the credit for that wonderful contribution to the lives of men and women everywhere many of whom have no idea who He is much less that His Name is Yahweh.

It’s true that Yahweh gave us the Sabbath through the Jewish people and that He incorporated it in the Ten Commandments so that everyone would know about it.  The Sabbath is number 4 on that list right behind not having any other gods except Yahweh, not making graven images, and not taking Yahweh’s Name in vain.  Saying that the Sabbath is important is an understatement, but as I said, it was Yahweh’s idea and He deserves the credit.

There is a huge difference between Judaism the religion and Yahweh’s commands.  The oral tradition that dominates Judaism today is preserved in the Talmud and the Midrashim.  It’s like Supreme Court rulings, and it has the force of law in Judaism.  Stated another way, in Judaism, oral tradition takes precedence over the Torah, the prophets, and the writings (i.e., the Tanach), and it has taken Judaism so far from what Yahweh said and intended that in many areas what He said is reduced to naught.  That is the ultimate expression of taking Yahweh’s Name in vain—to profess faith in Him, to reject what He said completely, and then to make up your own set of rules many of which are diametrically opposed to Yahweh’s commands.

I’m not suggesting that Yahweh didn’t intend for human beings to play a significant role in the interpretation of His commands.  It is obvious that He had that thought in mind when He told Moses to govern His people and to set up a court as it were.  This is what I am saying: humans have gone way too far, much further than Yahweh intended.  By their edicts and decrees, they have minimized the importance of Yahweh’s law, elevated their traditions at Yahweh’s expense, and set us on a trajectory that will lead us to an eventual confrontation with Yahweh.  The effect on Yahweh’s people has been devastating even though most of them don’t seem to realize it.

Be that as it may, as I said, Yahweh instituted the Sabbath—not Israel, not the Jewish people, and not Judaism.  He gave us the Sabbath as a gift so that we could relax each week and spend some quality time with Him.  It’s clear that Yahweh wants us to observe the Sabbath because it’s included in the Ten Commandments and that He wants us to regard it as holy—i.e., set apart.  What that means in practical terms for men and women differs by individual because we are engaged in a wide variety of worldly pursuits during the week.  In the end, though, the Sabbath is supposed to be different from the other 6 days of the week.  Unfortunately, that’s not the case for most of us, believers included.

Changing the subject a little, I think that the prohibition against saying Yahweh’s Name is the best example of oral tradition taking us in a direction that Yahweh never intended.  He commanded us to declare His Name to the world, but Jewish sages more than 2,000 years ago decided that it was best for people not even to say His Name.  They probably thought that they were protecting us by preventing us from accidentally using Yahweh’s Name in vain or from blaspheming His Name, but what they did has produced this result.  Today, most people, believers included, don’t even know that Yahweh has a Name or they think that His Name is the LORD, God, HASHEM, Adonai, Yehovah, or Jehovah.

Like our reckless callousness where Sabbath observance is concerned, the prohibition against saying Yahweh’s Name is a serious problem. I have addressed it thoroughly in my book His Name is Yahweh.  You should take the time to read it.

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Jewish People Relaxing at Dusk in Hurva Square in Front of the Hurva Synagogue in the Old City of Jerusalem



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Hosea 5: 6-8

They will go with their flocks and herds to seek Yahweh, but they will not find Him; He has withdrawn from them. They have dealt treacherously against Yahweh, for they have borne illegitimate children. Now the new moon will devour them with their land. Blow the horn in Gibeah, the trumpet in Ramah. Sound an alarm at Beth-aven: “Behind you, Benjamin!”


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His Name is Yahweh explains why the Name of God, Yahweh, is so important.  It’s available in eBook format and in paperback.  It’s also available for free in PDF format.

  • God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘Yahweh, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ This [Yahweh] is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.” (Exodus 3: 15)
  • “Therefore behold, I am going to make them know—this time I will make them know My power and My might; and they shall know that My name is Yahweh.” (Jeremiah 16: 21)
  • “Behold, the days are coming,” declares Yahweh, “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch; and He will reign as king and act wisely and do justice and righteousness in the land.  In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely; and this is His name by which He will be called, ‘Yahweh our righteousness.’” (Jeremiah 23: 5-6)
  • Yeshua said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.” (John 8: 58)


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My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.


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Boaz Bismuth: Egypt’s secular-military coalition—This time, like in the first revolution two years ago, the Egyptian army is supporting the people. The first time, surprisingly, the army abandoned Mubarak. Today it is turning its back, almost naturally, on Mohammed Morsi. The military is acting like a people’s army. With half a million soldiers to the 17 million civilians protesting in the streets, the army had little choice but to adapt to the reality of the situation.

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Elliott Abrams: Israelis and Palestinians: What if they get to the table?— U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has dedicated enormous amounts of time to getting the Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table. The last serious negotiations took place toward the end of the Bush administration, and failed when the Palestine Liberation Organization rejected a remarkable offer from then-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. An attempt to get negotiations started was made by the Obama administration on September 1, 2010, but after a round of talks in Washington things broke down very quickly.

Yoel Guzansky: All in the Family: The Changing of the Guard in Qatar—In an unusual step, Sheikh Hamad Bin Halifa al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar, transferred the throne to his 33-year old son, Prince Tamim, who thus becomes the youngest ruler in the Arab world. Hamad thereby put an end to rumors circulating in recent months of an impending change in leadership. It is still unclear how – or even if – the change in leadership will affect Qatar’s foreign policy. Policy, certainly in the realm of national security, was always set by the outgoing Emir and his inner circle and bore his personal stamp. Tamim has seen eye to eye with his father on many issues, and the fact that the outgoing Emir and Prime Minister are not disappearing altogether raises the probability that there will not be any essential change in Qatari policy. Still, the new Emir may want to focus on internal issues and try to shift the center of gravity to development projects, instead of furthering the wasteful foreign policy pursued by Qatar, which has sparked criticism from within.

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  • Stand! is a suspense novel that exposes the lies, corruption, and greed underlying the theory that man-made CO2 emissions are responsible for global warming.  Professor Wes Carlyle and Karen Sterling, his research collaborator, carefully scan the audience for their would-be attacker—a member of the enviro-gestapo who has been following them for days.  Wes spots his man in the back of the room leaning against the wall.  Suddenly, another man in the audience steps forward and moves toward Karen at a menacing pace.  With a vicious stroke, he swings a billy club at her head.  Click here to order the eBook.  Click here to order the paperback.
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  • Falsely Accused is a true story about a young woman who was accused of committing a double homicide.  It’s about a travesty of justice, and it reveals Yahweh intervening in the life of a believer to rescue her from danger in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.  Everyone will enjoy the book, but young people in particular need to read it because the mistakes made that led to the problem could have been avoided.  They were the kinds of mistakes that young people are prone to make.  As they say, forewarned is forearmed.  Click here to order the eBook.  Click here to order the paperback.


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