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Published on 6 November 2017

#Judaism - The Israeli entrepreneur who discovered Shabbat

Adam Neumann, one of the most successful Israeli entrepreneurs in the world, observes Shabbat and loves every moment.

Published on the 30th of October 2017 on Arutz 7

Adam Neumann is one of the most successful Israeli entrepreneurs in the world. He founded an American company worth $20 billion, and his capital was recently estimated at $2.6 billion. But despite all that, he is a Sabbath observer who does not work nor take phone calls on the seventh day of the week.

"In the past two years, I have begun to observe Shabbat," Neumann, who now lives in New York with his wife Rebekah Paltrow Neumann (cousin of actress Gwyneth Paltrow) and their five children, told the Yediot Aharonot newspaper in an interview published Sunday.

"During Shabbat I am completely cut off, there is no one to talk to, and I do not compromise about it,” he said. “At first it felt like a tough assignment, but it gives me time with my children, my wife, my friends. Last week I had a crazy week in which I was flying and working a lot. On Friday morning we got up and said to each other, 'We are ready for Shabbat.' Shabbat arrives, we light candles, relax, friends come over, we eat a meal that we cooked beforehand. We are cut off from the rest of the world, but in reality connecting with each other. I spend more time than I ever did with my family and even phone and see my mother more. And the real magic is that the more I do it, the more successful the company is. Go figure."

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