Hundreds of people from across the spectrum of S. Paulo’s Jewish community joined together to celebrate 110 years since the birth of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, by marking the recent completion of the 30th near-annual cycle of the daily study of Maimonides’ groundbreaking Mishneh Torah.

Back in 1984, the Rebbe publicly called on Jewish men, women and children to devote a portion of each day to studying Maimonides’ landmark work, which codifies the corpus of Jewish law in the space of 14 volumes. He outlines three study cycles: A three-chapter-a-day cycle that would complete the Mishneh Torah in just less than a year; a one-chapter-a-day cycle that would take less than three years to complete; 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.

In S. Paulo, Rabbi Daniel Eskinazi of the regional Chabad-Lubavitch headquarters in Brazil emceed the celebratory event last week, identifying the daily study of Maimonides as one of many campaigns initiated by the Rebbe that has transformed modern Jewish life around the world.

Although, the actual anniversary of the Rebbe’s birth on the 11th day of the Hebrew month of Nissan does not begin until the night of April 2 this year, events across the globe over the past several days have collectively drawn attention to the auspicious date.

Rabbi Abraham Shemtov, chairman of the international umbrella organization Agudas Chasidei Chabad, delivered the evening’s keynote address, which focused on three areas where the Rebbe strove to achieve unity. In a speech that hinged on several stories from Shemtov’s extensive experience as a Chabad-Lubavitch student, rabbi and emissary, he explained that the Rebbe sought to unite the entire Jewish people, passionately advocated for the unity of the Land of Israel, and expounded on the unity of all of the Torah’s teachings.

Guests received a recently published volume of the last few chapters of the Mishneh Torah translated into Portuguese and containing a running commentary by Rabbi Dovid Weitman, director of the Chabad House in the Morumbi district of S. Paulo.