Jewish Time is Cyclical and Linear

“Jewish time is both cyclical and linear. We are part of nature and its rhythms – the cycle of the seasons and of a human life – as we move from birth through maturity to age and wisdom and sadness as we see the next generation, those who will carry on the story when we are no longer here. But we are also part of history – time as a non-repeating sequence of events, a journey in which no stage is exactly like any that has been or will be. Jewish time is like a fugue between these two themes, the eternal and the ephemeral, the timeless and the timely.”

Covenant & Conversation: Genesis, Introduction