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Shabbat Project Archives - David Werdiger

Shabbat Project 2015

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For the Shabbat Project 2015, David Werdiger wrote two articles for the Australian Jewish News, which were also published on this web site. Firstly, David reflected on his memorable experience of the inaugural Shabbat Project Melbourne in ‘Disconnect to Reconnect‘, and was featured in an op-ed on the eve of Shabbat Project 2015 – ‘A time to bring the community together‘.

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A time to bring the community together

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The Shabbat Project has an energy like no other. Sure, it’s novel and different, and as a project is relatively new. But it also has a profound and eternal message that speaks to us all. It’s not just about Shabbat observance. I do my best to observe a halachic Shabbat every week. The other Friday night we had a quiet one – just us and the kids. When they were little, we used to eat…

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Disconnect to Reconnect

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We are fortunate, when it comes to the Shabbat Project, that it evolved so recently and so rapidly that we can sit back and reflect on how it happened, and how we each became involved. For me, it started with two phone calls: in response to Moshe Kahn, I said a polite “no”. Simon de Winter, however, would not take “no” for an answer. That’s how I joined the nascent planning committee for Melbourne in…

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Shabbat Project 2014

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David Werdiger is a committee member of the Melbourne Shabbat Project, and wrote several articles about it. Firstly, about the perception of Shabbat as being about all the things not to do, and how the observances are necessary to create the space to appreciate what Shabbat achieves [Times of Israel]. Secondly, four lessons learned from the experience [Times of Israel]. And finally, a satirical look at the Shabbat Project [David Werdiger’s Blog].

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#breakingItTogether (satire)

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After the failure of the global Shabbat Project to usher in the Messiah, organizers have had an urgent rethink of their strategy, and released their startling new initiative. Tradition tells us that if all Jews keep just one Shabbat, then the Messiah would come. This was in fact the secret agenda of the Shabbat Project organizers, even though they are not affiliated with Chabad. South African Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein admitted in a candid interview…

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