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Will You Be Keeping it Together?
October 23, 2014

Tomorrow night, something rare and unbelievably powerful will be happening. In Jerusalem and all around the world, more people than ever before in modern times will be keeping the Sabbath Day, together, as part of The Shabbos Project.

On October 24-25, Jews of all denominations and convictions from around the world are committing to "Keeping it Together."

What is the Shabbos Project?

In 2013, some 70,000 people in South Africa committed to keeping one Shabbos, together. The incredible project took on a life of its own.

This year, the Shabbos Project is going global.

This coming Shabbos, October 24/25, Jewish communities of all varieties around the world will be disengaging from the everyday world to focus on their families, their children, their spouses, their friends, on their traditions, their community, their spirituality - together.

The project has gone viral. People all over, including celebrities such as Paula Abdul, are committing publicly to observing the Sabbath day this week.

Tonight, in Jerusalem, women from all walks of life gathered at the First Train Station with celebrity chef Jaime Geller for the Great Challah Bake. Similar community challah bakes will be taking place all over the world today.

And Friday night, more Jews than ever before will be lighting Shabbos candles - together - to usher in this incredible day, united.

Will you be keeping it together, too?

It's not too late. Find events near you, along with the toolkit e-book, instructions, friends and coaches here:

Join the Shabbos Project on Facebook here.

And if you want to be inspired, please watch The Shabbos Project's Official Video here.

Your Prayers in the Wall

Don't forget that we are here to deliver your prayers to the Western Wall in Jerusalem for you. (Your prayers are strictly confidential and are deleted from our system as soon as they are delivered to the Wall.)

This is a free service that we consider a privilege to provide. Jewish tradition, however, teaches that prayer and charity, together, have the power to change Divine decrees. So please consider super-charging your prayer with a donation to our charity fund for disabled children in Jerusalem. Your donation, however small, will help provide much needed services, therapy and medications for severely disabled children in Jerusalem.

Exploring The land of the Hebrew Bible
Shalom from Jerusalem,

I am writing to invite you to
enroll to my new Live Online course:
In this exciting new course you will study ten well-known Bible stories, with which you are likely already familiar. But rather than merely reading these stories closely, we will focus on the crucial role that history and geography play in each narrative. As a licensed Israel tour guide who lives in Jerusalem, I am confident that this course goes beyond mere facts found in books. It will include many insights drawn from the field, from someone who actually lives in and travels extensively throughout the land of the Bible.

The central assumption of this course is that the inner and outer layers of meaning cannot be separated. The outer layer - history and geography - does matter.
  • Why didn't Jonah obey the Lord's calling?
  • Why did the battle between David and Goliath take place in the valley of Elah?
  • What path did Abram use to enter the Land of Canaan?
  • Why did Joshua fight his first battle in Jericho after entering the Land?

The answers lie in the geography of the Holy Land

Enroll today to this exciting course and you will breathe new life into familiar Bible stories that you thought you understood fully.

Jonathan Lipnick

Associate professor at eTeacherGroup

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