Unplug Challenge

FAQ: National Day of Unplugging

What is the NDU and who created it?

The National Day of Unplugging (NDU) encourages hyper-connected and frequently frantic people of all backgrounds to re-embrace a day of rest. NDU 2017, which runs from sundown on Friday, March 3 to sundown on Saturday, March 4, is part of an ongoing Reboot project called the Sabbath Manifesto, which was conceived of and developed by Reboot, www.rebooters.net, a growing network of thought-leaders and taste-makers who work toward a common goal: to “reboot” Jewish culture, ritual, and traditions making them vital and relevant today.

What are the Sabbath Manifesto’s Ten Principles?

Click here to download a PDF of the 10 Principles

How do I host an event for the NDU 2017?

The NDU can be practiced solo or in a group.  It’s up to you how you’d like to participate. For some people turning off their cell phone and spending a day alone in nature is fulfilling; for others, hosting a gathering for friends and family is the best way to unplug.

The beauty of the NDU and the Sabbath Manifesto is that it is designed for individual interpretation so that everyone can fit the elements into their lives in a way that works for them. You can pick and choose which principles you adopt each week and change how you interpret them every week.

What if I don’t want to or can’t “unplug” completely for the NDU 2012?  Can I still participate?

Absolutely.  If completely tuning out from technology for 24 hours is an impossibility, that doesn’t mean you can’t find ways to participate in the NDU 2017.  Try unplugging for a few hours. Or choose one electronic device to turn off for the day like your TV or computer.   For some people, connecting with loved ones means calling mom across the country on Friday night. The idea behind the Sabbath Manifesto and the NDU is to help people become more aware of their dependence on technology and not to allow it to interfere with the important things in life.

I want to host an event to celebrate the NDU 2017 but I’m not sure how to start.  Any suggestions?

The 10 Principles are designed to be interpreted any way you wish.  Experiment. Over time you can invent your own new rituals. Click HERE for suggestions on how to incorporate the Ten Principles into your NDU gathering.

Who is the NDU 2017 for?

Although the NDU and Sabbath Manifesto were inspired by a group of young Jews looking for a way to reinvent Shabbat, it is intended for all people regardless of background-we believe that everyone needs a day of rest.

Wondering how each of the Sabbath Manifesto’s 10 principles are intrinsically linked to a Jewish day of rest?

Our friends at MyJewishLearning.com have done a stellar job at crafting detailed explanations of all 10 principles. You can read about them here.

I work with a community organization that would like to partner, how do I get involved?

Sign up here or contact Reboot’s National Project Coordinator, Jackie Miller (jackie@rebooters.net)/ 646-470-5493.

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