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