As a self-identified non-iPhone user I find myself waiting for great apps to make their way to the Android platform. I wonder if left-handed folks experience something similar when they have to special order everything from golf clubs to scissors. …

Tanach Bible Mobile App from Davka Corporation Read more »

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A reporter at the Detroit News asked me about a motorized scooter that can be used by observant Jews on Shabbat. She wanted a local rabbi’s help in understanding why a scooter wasn’t permissible on Shabbat and why this scooter …

Shabbat Scooter from Amigo and Zomet Institute Read more »

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A standup comic tells the story of his mother’s first days using Facebook when she commented “LOL” on someone’s Facebook status announcing the death of her aunt. “Why’d you do that mom,” the standup comic exclaimed. “Because I wanted to …

When Someone Dies on Facebook: Sending Social Media Sympathies Read more »

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In the Coen Brother’s movie “A Serious Man,” we see young Danny practicing his haftorah for his bar mitzvah by listening to the cantor’s rendition of it on his record player. That scene was undoubtedly sentimental for Jewish men of …

Bar Mitzvah & Bat Mitzvah Prep Goes High Tech in Digital Age Read more »

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Is it acceptable to tweet teshuvah (repentance) or offer a mea culpa on Facebook? A few Yom Kippur holidays ago, I delivered a sermon explaining how Jewish people have begun “doing teshuvah” — seeking repentance from others — through social networking …

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It’s no secret that Israel is the Silicon Valley of the Middle East. With thousands of tech companies and start-ups, Israel has become just as well-known as a center for technology innovation as it is for hummus. Between two visits …

Silence is Golden: Meet Israeli Tech Company Silentium Read more »

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How will Google Glass affect Jewish education? This is the blog post I recently published on The Jewish Week’s “Jewish Techs” blog on that subject: In 1982 when I was in first grade at Hillel Day School, a Jewish day …

Google Glass and Jewish Education: What to Expect Read more »

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Once again The Jewish Week asked me to try and summarize the last year in technology from a Jewish angle. This was not an easy task since technology is increasingly so much a part of our lives and it affects …

Jewish Technology 2012: A Look Back Read more »

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The Orthodox Union (OU) has just released a new mobile app that will be helpful for those seeking knowledge on what food products are kosher for Passover. The new app allows the user to enter any food item or product …

The Best Jewish Apps of 2011 Read more »

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Electronic books, known as e-books, became the dominant format for adult fiction in 2011 surpassing hardcover books and paperbacks according to the BookStats annual survey. We are increasingly choosing to read our novels, magazine, newspapers and even children’s books on …

Shabbat and Technology: What Are the Issues in the 21st Century? Read more »

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