Paula Abdul is going to keep the Sabbath later this month, the American Idol judge announced in a YouTube video released October 1.
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"I am committing to keep the Shabbos Project and uniting with Jews around the world on October 24th and 25th," she declared.
Abdul said the Chief Rabbi of South Africa, Rabbi Warren Goldstein, contacted her personally to invite her to join the project. "And when the chief rabbi calls, are you gonna turn him down?" she says in the video.
"Shabbos is very important to me, because it in a way it is my Club Med in life," said Abdul. "I know when Shabbos comes, I can be me – no paparazzi, no insation of my privacy. I can always look forward to the end of the week and say, 'Thank God I have shabbos.'"
The International Shabbos Project will take place in more than 212 cities and 33 countries, according to Orthodox Jewish website T.O.T. Private Consulting. The project has a website encouraging Jews to commit to keeping the Sabbath, according to traditional Halacha.