Is the Internet Good for the Jews?. Rabbi Joshua Hammerman http://joshuahammerman.blogspot.com/. Session Outline. Suspension of Disbelief. There is much to be skeptical about: About 8,000 “problematic hate and terrorist websites and other Internet postings”
….. Why can’t we?
RabbiAvrahamYa’akov of Sadigora (19th century)
Is Rabbi Avraham Ya’akov’s optimistic view
representative of the Jewish mainstream?
Sadigora’s Big Three?
None of the Above?
with the entire web of life.
This reconnecting, religio in Latin,
is the very essence of the spiritual grounding of deep ecology.”
Fritjof Capra, “The Web of Life”
“All real living is meeting”
“To assert that all is one in God is our supreme act of faith.”
Think about it…
"[Jacob] came upon the place (makom)" (Genesis 28:11).
Rav Huna said in the name of Rav Ami: Why do we rename God, using the name “Makom?” (“the Place”) Because S/He is the place of the world…”
AP dispatch June 17, 2008
once every five years
AND ALWAYS HAS BEEN….
עַל נַהֲרוֹת, בָּבֶל--שָׁם יָשַׁבְנוּ, גַּם-בָּכִינוּ: בְּזָכְרֵנוּ, אֶת-צִיּוֹן.
By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea,
we wept, when we remembered Zion.
For there they that led us captive asked of us words of song, and our tormentors asked of us mirth: 'Sing us one of the songs of Zion.
How shall we sing the LORD'S song in a foreign land?
Like Jacob’s Ladder…
Can a computer screen at all be seen as a “portal to heaven?”
People of the Notebook?
Time's 2006 Person of the Year: You
Mishna Sanhedrin 4:5
“The era of one size fits all is ending, and in its place is something new, a market of multitudes.”
Chris Anderson, The Long Tail
In other words…
If 600,000 at Sinai had all been listening to different songs on their iPods, could the Torah have been revealed at all?....
Can Web 2.0’s empowerment of the individual reverse this trend?
Could Creation have been…
with books (Sepharim)
with text (Sepher)
with number (Sephar)
and with communication (Sippur)”
Sefer Yetzira (The Book of Creation), c. 6th cent.Kabbalistic work
RPI professor David Porush
Joshua Hammerman, “No More Three Day Jews”
The Jewish Week
HOW CAN JEWISH VALUES HELP US
TO MAKE IT A SAFER PLACE FOR
CHILDREN AND OTHER LIVING THINGS?
"What is spoken in Rome may kill in Syria.“
Rabbenu Gershom ben Yehuda(c. 960-1028)
Jewish Bloggers’ Campaign for Responsible Speech Online
IN YOUR FACE?
But only when one is among others.”
Rabbi Yitzchak of Vorki
Is the Virtual World REAL?
“We are the WEB
And YOU are the WEAVER”
"I see the parchment burning,
but the letters are soaring upward."
Rabbi Hananiah ben Teradyon
Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote,
"Prophetic inspiration may come as a flash,
but it is a flash of perpetual light.”