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Barack Mandela
Former Attorney, Military Veteran, and Philosopher

New Shabbat for World Peace and Human Rights

The Jewish day of rest is known as the Shabbat or Sabbath. On this sacred day, Jewish people around the world experience a deeper connection with the divine Creator.

What if the non-Jewish world could experience Shabbat peace? What if a new non-Jewish Shabbat holiday could be created for the whole world?

I propose the United Nations create a new worldwide holiday called “Shabbat for World Peace and Human Rights” to take place every year on June 12th which is Anne Frank’s birthday.

This new holiday will be commemorated with the lighting of Sabbath candles on a menorah. The songs “Give Peace a Chance” by John Lennon , “Ode to Joy” by Beethoven, and “Jerusalema” by Master KG featuring Nomcebo will be the official songs of this new holiday.

Can you imagine the whole world observing the Jewish Sabbath each year on Anne Frank’s birthday?

This creative and revolutionary new holy day will enable our world to refocus on important human rights issues such as: equality, poverty alleviation, equal opportunity, education, and empowerment of women and girls.

The official “religious text” of this “Human Rights Sabbath” will be the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which was adopted by the United Nations in December 1948.

Currently, our world needs to focus on strengthening human rights. From women’s rights in Afghanistan to civil rights in the United States, there are powerful forces that seek to usurp and undermine fundamental human rights and social justice.

As a Jewish American, I ask myself: What is the Jewish response to protecting and expanding human rights? How should Jewish communities respond to issues such as police brutality, equal access to education, empowering the weak, and women’s rights?

In my opinion, this new international Shabbat is an excellent way to utilize Judaism to advance universal principles of human rights.

Although God commanded only the Jewish People to keep and remember the Shabbat, the Jewish People can now give the Shabbat to the non-Jewish world. In this manner, we move from the specific to the general and from the particular to the universal.

Please support this new holiday: The Shabbat for World Peace and Human Rights. Let’s allow the Jewish faith to imbue the world with equality, civil rights, and equal opportunity.

May all wars and conflicts cease

As we observe the Shabbat of world peace

About the Author
Licensed Attorney. I earned a Doctor of Law at the University of California, College of the Law, San Francisco (Hastings) (1997). I earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Riverside (1994). I was an international student at the University of Costa Rica Faculty of Law (1991-1992) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law (Summer 1996). I am a military veteran of the United States Air Force, United States Army, and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). I am a laureate of the National Defense Service Medal from the Pentagon (2006). I am a financial donor to following: Harvard Law, Yale Law, Stanford Law, Berkeley Law, UC Hastings College of the Law, UC Davis Law, Columbine High School, Choate Rosemary Hall, Phillips Exeter Academy, Sidwell Friends School, Viewpoint School, Beverly Hills High School, Eton College in the United Kingdom, Special Olympics, Children's Defense Fund, Obama Foundation, Clinton Foundation, Barbra Streisand Foundation, Princeton University, Florida A&M, Howard University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, and the British Red Cross. I am former special assistant and staff attorney to Governor Pete Wilson of California. I was public affairs assistant to US Senator Barbara Boxer and Mayor Ehud Olmert of Jerusalem and Jerusalem spokesperson Haggai Elias. I am a member of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, and I am a member of the Republican Jewish Coalition.
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