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break the Sabbath

To violate the rules and terms of the Sabbath day (a holy day of rest and/or worship). Even though my religious rights are protected by law, my employer still made me break the Sabbath by coming into work on Saturday.
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a Sabbath day's journey

A very short, undemanding journey, or the distance thereof. From Rabbinical law that stated a Jew could travel no more than a mile on the Sabbath (the holy day of rest). My father refused to go anywhere on the weekend if you needed to get there by car—or longer than a Sabbath day's journey, as he was fond of saying.
See also: journey, Sabbath

a sabbath day's journey

a short and easy journey.
Rabbinical law allowed a Jew to travel a certain distance on the Sabbath (about a kilometre); in the Bible, Mount Olivet is described as being ‘from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey’ (Acts 1:12).
See also: journey, Sabbath
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Finally, alluding to creation theology, Jesus shows how in the beginning the Sabbath was made for man, and not the other way around.
Sabbath isn't about rules, but about restoring relationships.
A year later they broke up and reformed to become Black Sabbath after the film Black Sabbath starring Boris Karloff.
The Aston rocker has been replaced in Black Sabbath by Tommy Clufetos, 36, who has previously worked with Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper and Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne.
Chris has two daughters, Natasha, 13, and Scarlett, aged nine, with partner Jaz - and they all saw Sabbath at Birmingham's NIA in 2013.
However, another experience of Sabbath keeping exists-the experience of coercion and distraction.
She argues that the historical Pharisees and the historical Jesus were in agreement regarding healing on the Sabbath over twelve chapters, covering the problem with healing in Judaism, an overview of the Sabbath events in the Gospels, Sabbath healings in the Gospels, and a variety of other related subjects.
Iommi was diagnosed with Lymphoma in 2012 but has still managed to record a new album with Sabbath (13) and tour extensively.
The heavy metal icons have partnered with the footwear giants to create a new Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Black Sabbath sneaker collection, Contactmusic reported.
Any worries that Sabbath wouldn't cut it on this tour without original drummer Bill Ward were dispelled within minutes when his replacement, Tommy Clufetos, cut loose with some outrageous fills.
Such has been worldwide anticipation that Black Sabbath play a second hometown show down the road at the NIA on December 22.
The former Black Sabbath singer stated in his apology that he had been on a long drug and alcohol binge, leading to his unstable behavior over the past few months.
HEAVY metal band Black Sabbath have been named the most important British hard rock act of all time in a poll by record industry trade body the BPI.
HEAVY metal legends Black Sabbath were reunited last night for their first gig in seven years.