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Year: “2020
Shais Taub

On Shabbat, away from the constant drone and the deafening din, away from the almost irresistible draw of our screens, unmoored from the continual parade of distractions which characterise the modern age, we come face to face with the world as it is and ourselves as we are. It’s frightening. It’s liberating. And it’s deeply necessary.

by Shais Taub
Digital Overload

These days, our lives seem to be nothing more than a succession of screens – smartphone, laptop, tablet, TV. Shabbat offers us respite – a chance to escape the Matrix, and experience reality in analogue. And for the rest of the week, Google and Apple, the world’s two biggest tech companies, are developing innovative apps to discourage smartphone overuse.

by Simon Apfel
Shabbat on Ibiza

With well over 400 sleek black-marble stores worldwide and die-hard fans as far flung as Tokyo, Sydney, Seoul and New York City, Kooples founder, owner and creative director Alexandre Elicha believes that Shabbat is seriously on-trend.

You’ll find him equally comfortable slipping between front row seats at International Fashion Weeks and his local beit medrash — and here’s how it all began with a magical Shabbat in Ibiza.

by Simon Apfel
A Different Consciousness of Time

This is not a sentimental story about how Shabbat observance immediately made us happier, or even more spiritual – no sound and light show, no fireworks, no revelation on the way to Jerusalem. It’s a story about blessings.

by William Kolbrener
From Kuwait 2 copy

Mark Halawa grew up as a Palestinian in Kuwait, and later discovered he was Jewish, after a chance encounter with a retired philosophy professor and an overwhelmingly powerful Shabbat experience reconnected him to his roots.

by Mark Halawa
Jonathan Safran Foer

The Shabbat Project’s Simon Apfel chatted to celebrated novelist, Jonathan Safran Foer (author of Everything is Illuminated, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and, most recently, Here I Am), quizzing him about his professed love of Shabbat, social changes wrought by the explosion in technology, and the nature of Jewish identity.

by ​Jonathan Safran Foer& Simon Apfel
Gila Arnold

It starts off like a leisurely waltz. It morphs into a maelstrom of madness. The shopping the cleaning, the preparation. The March of the Menu. At dusk, I approach the candles, pause for a moment to take a breath, and strike the match. Then I walk over to the couch for my favorite moment of the week. Sit down. Lean back. Ahhhhh. There is nothing – nothing at all – like sinking into cushiony heaven after an entire day on your feet. That “Ah Moment”, to me, epitomizes Shabbat.

by Gila Arnold
Simon Shear

A Chassid, a Yeshiva University alumnus and a South African backpacker whose Jewish identity was forged from Woody Allen films meet at the Western Wall. Their chance encounter “felt like a conversation between brothers that had begun thousands of years ago”.

by Simon Shear
Nikki Elbaz

Here’s a secret you won’t hear anywhere else: Shabbat is not synonymous with peace and quiet.

by Nikki Elbaz
Renewable Energy

Shabbat is humanity’s greatest source of renewable energy – the day that gives us the strength to keep on creating.

by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
Yaakov Lehman

But, Shabbat is a day of immersive mindfulness.” - Discover how Yaakov Lehman taught a group of high-flying executives from Facebook, Google, Twitter, and LinkedIn an appreciation for the power of Shabbat – the ultimate mindfulness experience.

by Yaakov Lehman
Rivka Slonim
Jun 17, 2020

In the endless conflict between earth and spirit, sheer weight often wins out. It is easy to forget our source, our reason for being, our point of departure for this journey we call life. Shabbat is a potent reminder that takes us back to the beginning. It is a reunion with our inner selves; a return to the primal oneness our souls enjoyed with G‑d before being sent to our present existence. It is a return to perfection.

by Rivkah Slonim
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