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Posted: Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:02 | Posted by: Rabbi Jason Miller | Jewish Techs

It is customary to study Jewish texts – mostly commonly Pirkei Avot – during the period of time between Passover and Shavuot. Many take the opportunity to occupy themselves with Torah study in the late Shabbat afternoons when the days are longer. The sages believed it was a worthwhile practice and would keep people focused on Sabbath observance.

Here are four opportunities for online study during this period.

Posted: Tue, 04/01/2014 - 11:55 | Posted by: Rabbi Jason Miller | Jewish Techs
Brainstorm during the week; unplug on Shabbat. Courtesy of Camp Inc.

This summer, the first cohort of young campers will attend a beautiful camp in Boulder to start their journey as entrepreneurs.

Posted: Wed, 03/05/2014 - 16:53 | Posted by: Rabbi Jason Miller | Jewish Techs
A screenshot of the weekly newsletter from Adat Shalom Synagogue in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Courtesy of Rabbi Jason Miller

As anyone who has ever donated to a nonprofit organization or synagogue knows, every donated dollar counts and some count more than others. While every organization needs support for overhead costs, donors want to know the organizations they support are as efficient as possible and put as much money as possible toward the direct pursuit of their mission. So we wonder how much of that $18 donation to your favorite local organization or congregation goes into a card thanking you, or whoever you have honored with your gift.

Posted: Tue, 01/21/2014 - 22:44 | Posted by: Rabbi Jason Miller | Jewish Techs
The author found mentions of his grandparents in the Detroit Jewish News' digital archive. Image courtesy Detroit Jewish News

Nostalgia is trending on the web and the Detroit Jewish News's digital archive, launched in November, is a prime example. I am famously fond of my hometown, where I now serve as a rabbi, so poking around on the site is fun for me, but the archive also connected me with someone I have longed to meet since my Bar Mitzvah and thought I never would.

Posted: Wed, 12/04/2013 - 19:17 | Posted by: Rabbi Jason Miller | Jewish Techs
The Shivah video game is a murder mystery featuring a rabbi. Originally released in 2006, it's now available in the App Store.

"Russell Stone is a rabbi at a poor synagogue in New York City. He is a devout man with a problem. Membership is way down and he lacks the funds to keep his synagogue open. Things are looking very bleak, and he has grown progressively more cynical and bitter with the passage of time. Just as he is on the verge of packing it all in, he receives some interesting news. A former member of his congregation has died and left the rabbi a significant amount of money. A blessing? Or the start of something far more sinister? Can Rabbi Stone just accept the money and move on? His conscience says no. Step into his shoes as he travels all over Manhattan in his attempt to uncover the truth."