Paula Abdul is Keeping Shabbat

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Comments (33)

(17) Alan Weissaltz, February 1, 2019 1:33 AM


Thank you for putting on such a wonderful Jewish infomationinal Jewish site,Shalom,yours truly Alan Weissaltz

(16) Ariel, December 8, 2014 3:22 AM

Paula Abdul

She is an Arabian Jew. There are many in the LA area.
The Arabian Peninsula is in South West Asia. The settlement of Jews in this region back to biblical times and even to the era of the First Temple. Immigration on a larger scale (from Palestine and also from Mesoptamia-modern day Iraq, etc.) does not appear to have preceded the 2nd cent. CE. Inscriptions discovered in the Bet Shearim catacombs evidence the existence of Jewish communities in Yemen in the early 3rd cent., and Byzantine sources testify to them from the 4th cent. At first, the number of Jews was small (the figure for the Yemen in the first centuries CE is estimated at 3,000, scattered all over the country), but it rapidly increased through conversion of Arabs to Judaism, especially in the south where even some rulers, e.g. Dhu Nuwas, embraced Judaism. In the 6th and early 7th cents, there was a considerable Jewish population in Hejaz, and particularly in Medina and its vicinity. Judaism spread from Medina to the South. Smaller Jewish communities also existed in Bahrein, at Makna on the Gulf of Akaba, at Adhruh between Maan and Petra, and further North at Jarba.

(15) Baruch Klausner, October 26, 2014 6:05 PM

Amazing News..!!

I've been her fan for many years .. but I didn't know she is jewish.. I'm very proud of her now more.. than before

(14) Shirlee Rosenthal, October 18, 2014 1:21 AM


Yes I agree with Paula, Shabbat is a time to relax and take it slow. As my Yiddishe Mama say Shabbat is a time to recharge your batteries. Shabbat Shalom Shirlee

(13) Abe, October 15, 2014 6:53 PM

I didn't Know

I was surprised and elated to learn that you are Jewish.. Shalom alachem

(12) Elisse, October 15, 2014 3:42 PM


This is so excellent! I am SO proud of her! Sharing this widely. I bet there there are MANY millions who have no idea she is Jewish!

Anonymous, October 26, 2014 5:46 AM


I had no idea she was jewish.. Her last name sounds arabic to me. Maybe she comes from a blended family. Its awesome to learn that she is jewish

(11) Mikhah, October 13, 2014 8:59 PM

Baruch Ha Shem!!

Shabbos is a suppose to be a delight. It's what Torah says! So let delight in the Shabbos!! It's not a burden.

(10) Anonymous, October 13, 2014 7:50 PM

Keeping Shabbat in full for first time.

A few years ago I decided I wanted to be a bit more observant (my family was Jewish but NO one practiced anything or admitted they were Jewish) I read on AISH that one could start by observing one commandment. I started setting the table nicely on Friday and lighting candles. I did not want my husband to feel I was pushing him to be more observant. After a few months he said I should learn to recite the blessing for the candles in Hebrew. That will be my next step - I will search the AISH site on how to say the blessing. However; on the 24th and 25 I will try to observe Sabbat properly. No computer, no phone and no cooking. I will say the blessing on the candles in Hebrew - bad Hebrew I am sure but I will try.

Anonymous, October 14, 2014 4:46 PM


All I can say is Kol Hakavod! You're amazing!

Rifka, October 19, 2014 4:00 AM

if you would like to learn in person or on the phone with a partner, there are many organizations that can set you up with someone.
Its really special and inspiring to see how much you are learning and growing!

Adina, October 15, 2014 12:05 AM


I am so inspired by your commitment! I am sure you can look up the blessing in an Artscroll or other prayer book, but I thought I would share how I light candles if it would make things easier for you:
1. Light 2 candles or 2 in addition to the number of children you have (if you have children)
2. Traditionally women wave their hands in a circular motion 3 times and then cover their eyes while reciting the blessing (you can see the motion in this YouTube video Don't worry, you can 'cheat' and look at the blessing until you learn it by heart.
3. The blessing: "barooch atuh Adonai Elohainu melech ha-olam Asher ki-dee-shanoo bi-mitz-vo-sav vi-tzee-vanoo li-Hadleek nair shel Shabbos.
4. Take a sigh of relief--Shabbos and inner peace have just begun!

Anonymous, October 20, 2014 2:15 AM

Wow. That is amazing of you to join in the spirit of Shabbos. Shabbos brings about blessing in ones's life! My best wishes for you and Shabbat shalom!

Anonymous, October 21, 2014 5:42 PM

wow, u inspire me, thanks for sharing :)

yitta, October 22, 2014 8:53 PM

wow, I look up to your efforts and your strength! May G-d shower you with blessing now and always!

(9) Anonymous, October 13, 2014 7:07 PM

not the appropriate poster child!

Great opportunity but this is not appropriate- Paul Abdul is not a poster child for the Jewish people. Why not post some of her videos? Does Lori agree? How about the gedolim who have given their hearty haskama for the project? This is a turn off. The ends do not justify the means,. Feel free to share this with her. Shabbos is not just about your own comfort level!

eliahu, October 14, 2014 7:49 AM

YOU are a turn-off

you area turn-off.

Richard L., October 14, 2014 2:02 PM

We're not a religion of "poster childs"

What does the Jewish "Poster Child" look like? Is the male poster child wearing a streimel or a kippa srugah or a black hat? Is the female poster child wearing a sheitel or a scarf? There is no one way to look or pray. I do not know Paula's level of observance, but I can tell that she is respectful of her religion, appreciates her heritage, and connects with G-d. If she can inspire others to enjoy the beauty of Shabbat, kol hakavod to her. Thank you Paula.

Ellen, October 14, 2014 4:45 PM


If you listen, but really LISTEN to the words Paula Abdul uses to describe shabbos and The Shabbos Project, then you'll know that it how all us frummas celebrate Shabbos. And the whole point of the Shabbos Project is that ALL - including the Paula Abduls of this world - no matter at what level they are holding, simply celebrate a shabbos with all it's halachos, brochos and nachos! Project Shabbos is for ALL JEWS!!! Please don't create negativity around such an amazing mizvah! Rather be part of it with kevonah!

(8) Sharon B, October 8, 2014 2:41 AM

I love the peace & family of Shabbat!

Shabbat keeps family together by sharing & caring

(7) Anonymous, October 7, 2014 10:59 PM


Love to keep Shabboth, but how....there's no Temple close to me....I have always served HaShem, BT have always found it difficult yo find a congregation close yo home....long story. Missing the sense of family

Stan Hembree, October 11, 2014 12:39 PM

Yes I know what you mean I also live 85 miles from a temple. But I try to keep Shabbat. And go to temple when I can.. Thinking about moving closer to a Jewish community with a temple my self.......

rebecca, October 12, 2014 2:43 AM

what city and stae?

what city and state are you located in? perhaps there are temples you dont know about.

Dvora, October 12, 2014 6:14 AM

I used to be the only Jew in town

I kept Shabbat even though I was the only Jew is town. I prepared a little all week Thursday night I baked my challah rolls and stored half in the freezer for the next week. Friday morning I put all the ingredients for beef-stew/cholent into the crock pot. Before I left for work the table was set and my candles prepared. Shabbat recharges the batteries and gives me time to read Torah and pray with greater intensity. A synagogue is not a necessity. but a siddur (prayerbook) is. I now live in Israel I am surrounded by synagogues and I can't enter any of them because I am allergic to perfume. I am still shomer Shabbat.

Leah, October 13, 2014 9:02 PM


That was so empowering. Thanks for sharing. Very inspirational !

Lana, October 13, 2014 7:33 PM

Go to Chabad and search your nearest location - they will help you!

(6) Sue, October 7, 2014 7:35 PM

G-d Bless Paula

Wouldn't it be wonderful to hear this from all of the many Jewish celebrities!

(5) ashvin, October 7, 2014 7:19 PM


(4) Michael in Minnesota, October 7, 2014 5:58 PM


How well said! When G-d gives you a gift like Shabbat, who can say no?

(3) Anonymous, October 7, 2014 5:34 PM


This is AWESOME! Thank you so much for posting this!

(2) Ellen Mayer, October 7, 2014 5:29 PM

Moving back to Shabbat

Thank you for reminding me how special and meaningful Shabbat is. I have missed it and am recommitting to Shabbat after watching this video,

Devorah, October 7, 2014 8:04 PM

kol hakavod to paula adul

Wow, Ellen Mayer - everyone should read this small but hugely potent comment, and understand what power one action can have, how one deed can affect others for the good. Just because this woman, Paula Abdul, an admired celebrity, made the effort to publicize her relationship with Shabbos and her commitment to the holy day, Ellen Mayer is recommitting. I can guess that Ellen Mayer is one of many though she is just one who voiced it, and that from Ellen it will ripple further and further out! How wonderful and how significant. We should take this lesson to heart. What a great merit for Paula Abdul! Shabbat Shalom!

(1) Sara, October 7, 2014 3:27 PM

We're keeping it together in Jerusalem!!

We'll be joining the shabbos project from Jerusalem in Ramat Eshkol!!!
To join, email the hub


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