כ״ד באדר ה׳תשע״ג (March 6, 2013)
A few years ago when I was asked to start the Jewish Techs blog for The Jewish Week, I was concerned there wouldn’t be enough material to write about. After all, there are a lot of worthwhile news stories about technology and a lot of interesting topics in the Jewish world, but I wasn’t sure there would be enough areas of integration. Boy, was I wrong.
Religion in general and Judaism in particular are very much enmeshed in the field of technology. As our world becomes more dependent on technology, our Jewish lives are adapting as well.
Jewish visionaries are at the head of the tech revolution and hi-tech innovation has been a driving force in Israel’s economic growth in the 21st century.
The Internet and tech gadgets have revolutionized Jewish learning in ways never imagined before.
A set of the Talmud that once occupied an entire shelf now resides on a Smartphone with full search capabilities.
The Dead Sea Scrolls were once only available to those able to travel to Jerusalem, but they are now available to the world on the Web. And it is no longer unusual that the homebound are participating in High Holy Day services virtually.
CES is produced by the Consumer Electronics Association led by Gary Shapiro, whose new book Ninja Innovation is sure to become a bestseller in the tech world. Through the convention halls of CES were Jewish owners of technology stores and companies, inventors, and industry leaders. Innovators from Israel were seen making deals with investors, a daily minyan was convened, and the Las Vegas Chabad supervised a lunch stand.
In 2012 there were many Jewish-related stories in technology. I put together a list of the top ten stories of the year (in no particular order).
To stay informed about the intersection of Jewish life and technology this year, connect with the Jewish Techs blog.
Rabbi Jason Miller
Rabbi Jason Miller is a blogger, educator and entrepreneur. He is president and owner of Access Computer Technology, an IT, website design and social media marketing firm in Michigan. Follow him on Twitter at @RabbiJason.
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