Taking time for Shabbat can help your marriage, your family, your creativity and give you a perspective on life that you might miss if you don’t take a break and turn off the tech devices.
Our constant access to the world through our new technologies has its costs. You know your life is different today than it was only a few years ago: 1) if you have a list of 20 phone numbers to reach five people; 2) if you struggle to stay in touch with any family members who do not have an email address; 3) if you use your phone to call your family to dinner and the text comes back, “what’s for dinner?” 4) if your feeling of accomplishment is measured in emails deleted; 5) if you are waiting in line at the grocery store and are impatient because you left your smartphone in the car; 6) if you wake up at 2am to go to the bathroom and check your E-mail on your way back to bed.
If being an innovative, creative Jew meant unplugging from the interwebs and turning off your cell phone for 25 hours, could you do it?
The JTA recently released a new smartphone-friendly version of their website. Temple Israel, a reform synagogue in Minneapolis, is reaching out to the world with a brand new blog.