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Chabad rabbis and educators impact minds and lives on cable TV
The second in a series of articles on Chabad spreading Torah through a variety of media. Television viewers are always on the lookout for something to pique their curiosity in the split second between clicks of the remote. That “something” can be anything...
1960
The Rebbe publicly encouraged the use of new media to spread knowledge of Judaism and chassidism.
May a microphone be used for the reading of the Scroll of Esther?
Question: We have a very large congregation, and it is hard for everyone to hear the reading of the Scroll of Esther (Megillah) properly. Because the use of electricity is allowed on the holiday of Purim (as opposed to Shabbat and other major holidays), I...
I knew it wouldn’t be easy to give up my smartphone on Shabbat and the holidays.
Question: I have a siddur app on my iPhone. Some people say I should only pray with a real paper and cardboard siddur. Will G‑d still listen if my siddur is electronic instead? Answer: Aside from holding the entire Torah, Talmud, Maimonides, Code of Jewis...
What do we desire deep, deep down in our nutty little souls? To aim a camera and take a picture of G‑d Himself
Very soon, you may witness an unbelievably powerful sight. But the last thing you should do is take a picture of it. Right now, you’re reading this on a device. Perhaps it’s a laptop at a coffee shop or desktop at work, a smartphone in your hand on the tr...
How not to be the tool of a tool
That, Kabbalistically understood, the smartphone is nothing less than the flower of technological wisdom is a proposition I ventured to put forth in a recent article on the innermost chochmah of this wondrous pocket appliance. The proposition, to my flabb...
A Kabbalistic Appraisal
“A man is talking on the telephone behind a glass partition. We can’t hear him, but we see his pointless pantomime. We wonder why he is alive.”
When Steve Jobs gave his commencement speech at Stanford University, his topic was “How to Live Before You Die.” Since most of us have no idea how much time we have left on this earth, we live as if it is endless. Steve Jobs wasn’t so fortunate. His time,...
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