For the first time ever, public high school students throughout Israel are taking part in a program to study one new chapter each day from the Mishneh Torah, the foundational compilation of Jewish law authored by Maimonides. At this rate, the students will complete the 14-volume work in just less than three years.

Announced at a recent ceremony attended by Israeli Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar, Rabbi Avraham Lifshiz of the Ministry of Education’s religious education administration, other rabbis, school principals and students, the program is organized by the Colel Chabad social welfare organization and Torat Chabad L’bnei Hayeshivot, a Chabad-Lubavitch organization that organizes lessons in Chasidic thought for high school students and young adults. The first stage of the project comprises 3,000 students studying with their teaches every afternoon and following a cycle that already enlists thousands of Jewish men, women and children around the world.

Back in 1984, the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, called for the mass study of the Mishneh Torah as a way to promote Jewish unity and a broad grasp of Jewish law.