Thank you for an incredible ShabbatUK 2017!

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A Message from the Chief Rabbi

The Swiss writer, Max Frisch, who died in 1991, once described technology as “the knack of so arranging the world, that we don’t have to experience it.” One can only imagine what he would have made of the smartphone generation, in which one’s entire life can be organised via a handheld device.

Technology is an extraordinary blessing, but we have now reached a point where it regularly displaces precious human experiences. There is no need to get to know the streets of an unfamiliar city – our devices will show us the way. There is no need to describe a beautiful place that we have visited to a friend – we just snap a picture and share it on social media. There is no need to contact loved ones individually to share some important news – we just post a quick status update and wait for their comments.

ShabbatUK is now in its fourth year. One of its most remarkable successes has been the way that people have felt liberated by it. Shabbat is an extraordinary experience because it restores parts of ourselves that we never realised were missing. It revitalises and inspires. It brings people together and gives them back a weekly slice of life as it should be – uninterrupted by the distractions of our hectic schedules. That is why so many people opt to #chooseshabbat. Whether this is the frst time you #chooseshabbat, or whether you already #chooseshabbat every week, ShabbatUK 2017 promises yet another amazing celebration of the essential ingredients of our lives.

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