At the Jewish Theological Seminary in my last year of rabbinical school, I had an interesting conversation with a rabbi of a large congregation. He told me that he had put his foot down and refused to let his congregation …

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Donniel Hartman, President of the Shalom Hartman Institute and the director of the Engaging Israel Project, penned a critique titled “Judaism is not a Twitter-able Religion” in which he explained that the ideas of Judaism cannot be tweeted using the …

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Tech savvy Jews in Cyberspace to develop online relationships with other Jews who frequent some of the same social networking sites and blogs. These relationships, however, often remain in Cyberspace. Sure, there are the occasional conferences and retreats in which …

Jewish Techies Meet Face to Face at Jewish Tech Networking Event Read more »

An Ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Jewish newspaper named Der Tzitung has determined that the photo of top U.S. leaders receiving an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden was too scandalous. What was so offensive about the image? U.S. Secretary of State Hillary …

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Futurists and auto engineers are now discussing a sitting vehicle which is driven solely with brain activity. Yes, you read that correctly: brain activity. But can it be used on Shabbat when observant Jews refrain from electricity and traditional forms …

Can We Drive a Car Using Our Brain on Shabbat? Read more »

Esther’s in Vegas. No, not THAT Esther? We’ll shift our focus to Queen Esther in less than two weeks. For now, the focus is on another Esther. Connected Jewish leaders know that Esther Kustanowitz, the writer and social media consultant, …

Twitter and Jewish Conferences Read more »

A sign that your email server has been down is if you are a member of a Jewish community and you didn’t receive numerous email solicitations from non-profit organizations during the final week of 2010. Many of these charitable organizations …

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As more Jewish people acquire the latest in handheld technology – think iPhones, iPads, Android-powered smartphones, BlackBerrys and tablet PCs — there will be more Jewish-themed applications available for download. Some of these apps will be utilities for checking the …

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The gadgets have changed our lives. And technology will change our lives even more in the future. For Sabbath observant Jews, tech gadgets pose some lingering questions about their usage on Shabbat. My teacher, Rabbi Daniel Nevins, is a member …

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When it comes to exploiting the Internet for publicity, no Jewish organization does it better than Chabad. Back in the 90’s, Chabad Lubavitch took full advantage of the virtual communities on America Online (AOL) and then launched some of the …

Looking at Chabad’s Success with the Web and Social Media Read more »