I want to send you all a quick update about the Global Day of Jewish Learning event we held last week. The idea was put forth by Rav Adin Steinsaltz and has developed over the last three years into a worldwide event. There were some 300 communities around the globe from 40 different countries that participated. Livnot participated for the first year and represented Tzfat. For more details you can visit www.theglobalday.com.
This years topic was Gratitude and Blessings and we tried to bring the best of Tzfat into the learning and evening activities. The International Center of Tzfat Kabbalah, the Tzfat Hesder Yeshiva and Livnot educators led the learning. The event was focused on the community and the evening was conducted in Hebrew. While attendance was just over 30 for this first event, Tzfat was well represented. We had college students, medical students from the New Medical School in Tzfat, those from Shanat Sherut (a year of volunteering before the army), professionals, religious, and secular, anywhere between the ages of 18 through 80.
I was moved by the 18 year old and 80 year old learning together in chevruta, the observant and non-observant studying and listening to each other and from everyone signing together, finding gratitude in all that we had.
I see that as we develop the Kahal Project and connect it with our educational programming that we will reach ever greater numbers with the Livnot way and I think that is a good thing for the Jewish people.