The whole nation is talking about it – even Katie Couric. Organization Reboot, based on Jewish values and traditions, are always on the lookout for creative ways to tap into universal, spiritual practices. Tonight, they are asking all of us – Jews and non-Jews – to unplug as they launch “Sabbath Manifesto.”
Believe it or not, this 25-hour custom of turning off your phones and laptops each week existed way before electricity was even discovered. “And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done.” (Genesis 2:2). Some may not feel that checking emails and voicemails are work, but for most of us, that is our work.
The point, according to the brains behind this Dan Rollman, is to relax for one night and get connected to other things that matter, like family. According to the website, “The Sabbath Manifesto is a creative project designed to slow down lives in an increasingly hectic world.”
There are no strict rules to this, or consequence if you don’t follow. But it does beg the question, what would happen if we all unplugged for just one night once every week? It does seem the world might feel a little calmer. Maybe, dare I say, a little more connected?
To learn more about this initiative, visit http://www.sabbathmanifesto.org/.