David Werdiger is a committee member of the Melbourne Shabbat Project, and wrote several articles about it.
Firstly, In an article published on the [Times of Israel], He reflects on the modern dependency on technology and the significance of fasting during Yom Kippur. Emphasizing the idea that restrictions, such as those observed during Yom Kippur and Shabbat, offer opportunities for spiritual reflection and connection. Despite initial perceptions of limitations, the author suggests that these “don’ts” create space for meaningful interactions, self-discovery, and family time. Through personal anecdotes and insights, the author highlights the liberating aspects of disconnecting from technology and embracing the pause that Shabbat provides. The Shabbat Project is presented as an opportunity to experience the positive effects of temporarily disconnecting from the constant buzz of modern life, allowing individuals to recharge and reconnect with what truly matters.
Secondly, four lessons learned from the experience [Times of Israel]. The Shabbat Project in Melbourne highlighted unity, collaboration, and positivity. It brought diverse organizations together, emphasizing collective effort over individual agendas. Despite some criticisms, the project’s positive impact prevailed, inspiring acts of kindness and inclusivity. It underscored Shabbat’s universal appeal, revitalizing spiritual connections for all participants.
And finally, a satirical look at the Shabbat Project [David Werdiger’s Blog]. Despite initial hopes for the Messiah’s arrival through unified Shabbat observance, they faced resistance and skepticism, leading to a reevaluation of their approach. The chairman, Clive Blechman, humorously acknowledges the missed opportunity and the subsequent brainstorming for a follow-up campaign. Their new initiative challenges conventional notions by promoting a weekend of non-observance, leveraging technology and social media trends. Through satire and wit, the article underscores the organizers’ adaptive response to complex religious and cultural dynamics.