Our sages say that Shabbos is a taste of the World to Come. Turning the World to Come into the World of Here and Now is the goal ‘One Shabbat, One World’ weekend.
Coordinating it is Rabbi Chaim Hershkowitz, Director of the International Moshiach Campaign, a project of Kinus Hashluchim and a division of Merkos L’inyonei Chinuch.
“Dedicating a Shabbos to Moshiach energizes shluchim and their communities to do everything they can to hasten the Geula,” he said.
“It also unites participants all over the world, making the experience that much more powerful,” the Crown Heights-based Hershkowitz said. “It is truly a taste of Moshiach’s time in our days.”
Rabbi Mendel Matusof, Director of Chabad of Alberta, Canada, has seen the power of One Shabbat One World first hand.
“This will be the 6th annual OSOW in our community,” he said. “This year, we are looking forward to an inspiring Shabbaton with Mrs. Molly Resnick of New York.”
Rabbi Mendy Kasowitz of Lubavitch Center of Essex County added, “This really is an easy way to make the world a better place.”
345 Chabad House communities signed up last year for One Shabbat One World.
Organizers told COLlive.com they are hoping for a 30% increase in the number of shluchim involved this year.
To that end, they have prepared a complete One Shabbat One World package that includes postcards, flyers, sermons, games for children, even special challah covers and napkins.
Long Island Head Shliach Rabbi Tuvia Teldon, member of the Moshiach Campaign, is enthusiastic about the event and its potential.
“Discussing Moshiach in a warm Shabbos atmosphere naturally promotes acceptance, understanding, and anticipation. It’s the perfect opportunity to talk about perfecting the world.”
‘One Shabbat One World’ will take place, G-d willing, on Shabbos Parshas B’shalach, January 14-15 | 9-10 of Shvat. To sign up, visit MoshiachCampaign.com.