Winter 2022: The Rest Issue

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Inside the issue: In a staff Responsa, the editors confront the tension between anti-work politics and the labor of political struggle in light of the practice of Shabbat. Erik Baker calls on the left to fight for a right to grieve. In a manifesto from the threatened Atlanta forest, the Fayer Collective explores the relationship between Shmita and destruction. In our new Chevruta column, in which activists and Torah scholars use Jewish texts to probe timely ethical and political questions, The Debt Collective joins Allen Lipson to ask: "What is debt and when can we refuse to pay?" An essay by Avi Garelick, illustrated by Solomon Brager, traces the intertwined histories of the fights for Jewish workers to be able to observe Shabbat and for all workers to have a weekend. Maryam Ivette Parhizkar reflects on the! sleeplessness of new motherhood. Liz Bowen profiles the artist Johanna Hedva, whose work confronts illness and death as a means of challenging capitalist coercions. Lyudmyla Khersonska contemplates the strange restfulness of emergency in embattled Ukraine, and Bench Ansfield returns the concept of burnout to the term's origins in the practice of landlord arson. In a series of letters, Nathan Goldman and Claire Schwartz think through how the idea of "nothing," as a rejection of the basic terms of existence, might guide us out of the fixity of the world as it is. In reviews, we have Helen Betya Rubinstein on Rest Is Resistance by the Nap Ministry's Tricia Hersey, Charlie Tyson on the reissue of Paul Lafargue's controversial 1883 socialist classic The Right to Be Lazy, and Dylan Saba on the tension between productivist and conservationist approaches to the cl! imate crisis. Plus, fiction by Susan Taubes, poetry by Peter Cole and Mario Chard, art by nibia pastrana santiago, and more!


(Vol. 76, No. 3)