Facebook in Israel

Something unusual happened last month. For the week ending March 13, 2010, Google wasn't the most visited website in the U.S. That week, Facebook reached the coveted #1 ranking. The market share of visits to increased 185% that week as compared to the same week in 2009, while visits to increased 9% during the same time frame. Together and accounted for 14% of all U.S. Internet visits during that week.

Around the Cyber Seder

As we approach the Passover Seder, here are a few cool sites and videos to enhance the Passover experience: - Seder Sidekick 2010

Isaac and Seth Galena, the brothers behind the popular Jewish humor site have once again published a Seder Sidekick to help bring some levity to the Passover Seder. Dedicated to the memory of Dr. Harold Galena, the 38-page PDF document includes song parodies, top ten lists, silly jokes, quizzes, and funny pictures.

The Shabbat Scooter

The other day I received a call from a reporter at the Detroit News. She was just about to submit a story about a motorized scooter that can be used by observant Jews on Shabbat, but she wanted a local rabbi's comments first. It was fortuitous that she contacted me since I am already familiar with the Israeli-based Zomet Institute, which partnered with the scooter company, but I have also seen this Sabbath-acceptable scooter in action since I know Michael Balkin, who owns one of these scooters and was interviewed for the article.

Shabbat Unplugged

-This morning at the JCC, I was hurriedly checking my email on my phone when an elderly gentleman came up to me and asked what I do with that "thing" on Shabbos.


A couple years ago, I learned about a new program that merges three areas I am passionate about --Jewish camping, Israel, and technology. Israel has always embraced high technology and modern communication. Part of what has made the almost sixty-year-old nation's economy flourish in the past two decades has been the success of its hi-tech sector.

Web Of Deceit

06/27/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Go to and you get this about the terror group linked to Yasir Arafat's Fatah party: Al Aqsa is a group of Iraqi citizens "trained by Saddam to terrorize cities in Israel."

You've Got Kvitlach

10/02/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Is it a sign of high-tech spiritual devotion, or just another step in the melding of Israelis and their cell phones? Reuters reports this week that an enterprising Jerusalem company is offering a text-message service for those who can't make it to the Western Wall, where Jews traditionally deposit handwritten prayer notes in the ancient crevices. They are called p'takim in Hebrew, but more commonly referred to in Yiddish as kvitlach.

Touro Students Fighting Web Limits

12/15/2005 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Upset about what they view as excessive restriction of Internet use at a Queens campus of Touro College, some students are bypassing a filter system at the Lander College for Men's dormitory that blocks search engines. Although greater access is allowed elsewhere at the Orthodox college in Kew Gardens Hills, the filter is meant to prevent students from accessing content through the dorm's free high-speed access system that the administration deems morally inappropriate or likely to cause distraction from learning.

Scoring Big With Israeli Tech

02/03/2005 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Israeli high-tech prowess may not be the first thing on anyone’s mind as the Eagles meet the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX on Sunday. But those headsets the coaches wear to communicate with their staff will be using technology developed by one of a growing number of Israeli firms that are making their mark on telecommunications here.
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