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What’s up with texting on the Sabbath? How digital life is changing the Jewish Sabbath

Jewish, religious or not: this fascinating article on Tablet explores the new reality for observant Jewish youth – torn between loyalty to the religious life they know and the pull to never unplug. Is audiobook OK but tex’ing taboo in a god-ordained society? These changes are major, and challenge both the religious mindset – and our endless digital drive.

“For current modern orthodox high-school kids, using a phone on Shabbat seems to fall anywhere between kissing before marriage and eating a ham sandwich: It’s definitely not allowed, but the degree to which it ostracizes one from the community is still up for debate.”

 

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As the Orthodox Half Sabbath crowd is growing and many of us are figuring out best unplugging practices that stick – we get to ask important questions  about our tech. needs, evolving lifestyle, changing norms for better or worse and/or both.  That’s what I want to check this next year here at fallowlab…