A grassroots group calling itself Emet 9 is calling for the Jewish people to unite by keeping at least one Sabbath day together. The group hopes that doing so will bring a better future for all Jews, and for the world.
Emet 9 has started a petition aimed at encouraging Sabbath observance on one day in particular – September 10, 2011, shortly before the upcoming High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
“By coming together as one people as we did at Mt. Sinai we can only hope to annul any Heavenly decrees that may befall us in the upcoming months,” the group explained. “We do have the power to redirect the destiny of Israel and the Jewish world.”
The petition notes, “You have nothing to lose and only to gain by observing this mitzvah one time.” Organizers include links to a guide on how to keep the Sabbath, and to Sabbath times in various areas.
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Jewish scholars have written much about the influence of Sabbath observance on individuals and on the Jewish people as a whole. The Sabbath has often been linked to Jewish unity and the coming of the Messiah early than the decreed date.
In 2007 President Shimon Peres agreed to keep the Sabbath one time, after a similar call to the Jewish world. Peres later said that the ideal would be for all Jews to rest on the Sabbath “as the Torah commands.”