When the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, first called for the near-annual study of Rabbi Moses Maimonides’ foundational 12th century legal code known as the Mishneh Torah, he stressed the unity achieved by the entire Jewish People studying the same subject in Torah at the same time.

Almost 30 years after that 1984 call, celebrations at synagogues, yeshivas, and community centers stretching from New York to London to Sydney are illustrating the power of collective Jewish study, with hundreds of thousands of people the world over marking their completion of Maimonides’ code and starting again from Page 1.

“This is a study that everyone can access on some level,” explains Rabbi Daniel Moscowitz, director of Chabad-Lubavitch of Illinois, who is hosting a grand celebration Sunday at the DoubleTree hotel and conference center in Skokie. “Hundreds of thousands of people around the world follow the same study schedule. We’re all uniting in a tangible way.”

The Illinois “Celebration of the Rambam,” as Maimonides is known in religious circles, will feature a dessert buffet, inspirational addresses from Rabbis Yoseph Chazan of Manchester, England, and Daniel Raccah of the Ohel Shalom Torah Center in Chicago, and a performance by Chasidic singer Eli Marcus.

Hundreds of locals will also be screening the “Global Online Siyum HaRambam,” which will be broadcast live Sunday night by Jewish.TV, the multimedia portal of Judaism website Chabad.org, and feature presentations by Rabbis Manis Friedman of Minnesota, Mendel Kaplan of Toronto, Yehuda Leib Schapiro of Miami Beach, and Yehoshua B. Gordon of California.

Rabbi Chaim Lazaroff, director of Chabad of Uptown in Houston, Texas, says that his community will incorporate the webcast in their celebration.

“It will be a good opportunity to inspire people who haven’t yet done so to get on board and learn the Rambam on a regular basis,” he says. “And those who have already completed the Rambam can do so with fanfare and start again.”

The Rebbe suggested three different study tracks for all Jews, everywhere: A three-chapter-a-day cycle that completes the 14-volume code in just less than a year, a one-chapter cycle that completes the work in just less than three years, and for children and those whose backgrounds preclude rigorous in-depth study, a daily examination of the pertinent topics in Sefer Hamitzvot, a companion work of Maimonides’ that lists all of the 613 commandments in the Torah.

(To join the next study cycle and for more information about the various study opportunities available, click here.)

Moshe Backman, a student at the Rabbinical College of Australia and New Zealand outside of Melbourne says that on Sunday, four rabbis from Johannesburg and Sydney will speak to crowds of men and women about the beauty and relevance study of the Mishneh Torah has on daily Jewish life. In addition, each participant will walk away with an English edition of the Sefer Hamtitzvot.

Meanwhile in Bangkok, various groups of people, from Israeli backpackers to English-speaking tourists, residents and businessmen will gather at several Chabad Houses around the city to view the Jewish.TV webcast and enjoy celebratory meals.

Jewish.TV creative director Rabbi Shais Taub emphasizes that it’s all much more than a celebration of academic achievement.

“This can be a kickoff of daily Torah study for those who have not yet incorporated it into their schedules,” he notes. “We are promoting new ways to start learning every day.”

For Gordon, the director of Chabad of Encino whose daily classes on the weekly Torah portion and the foundational work of Chasidic thought known as the Tanya continue to engage thousands of locals and online participants through Jewish.TV, this weekend will mark the beginning of a new class.

“I will teach one chapter of Rambam online daily, for the next three years,” he says. “Jewish law is the roadmap of Judaism. When people have the discipline to learn Rambam every day, even superficially, it literally transforms their lives.”