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Fielding Jewish Legal Questions by Text Message

Like many rabbis, Rabbi Shlomo Aviner receives many requests for religious advice. A hundred years ago, Jewish people would put pencil to paper and send off their question to the rabbi and then await a response. At the end of the last century, email inquires became popular. Today, it’s not uncommon for rabbis to receive text messages from their congregants asking them to render a decision.

Rabbi Shlomo Aviner will respond to hundreds of text message inquiries a day.

Early Ideas For Chanukah Gifts

As the holidays approach its time to get the ones you love the perfect gift. We had the opportunity to attend the CEA Line Show NYC and got first hand look into the newsiest and innovative products and gadgets on the market today.

IDF Posts Photo Of Gay Soldiers On Facebook

06/12/2012

The recent international Gay Pride celebrations have not skipped over the the Israel Defense Forces. On Monday, the IDF Spokesperson’s Office posted an illustrative photograph on its Facebook page of two male soldiers, ostensibly from combat units, holding hands under the headline: “It’s Pride Month. Did you know that the IDF treats all of its soldiers equally?”

Jewish Version Of TED Talks Launched

05/08/2012
Editor And Publisher

At last, the Jewish community has its very own version of TED — sort of.

Novelist Dara Horn spoke on anti-Semitism at the “ELI talks” event in Atlanta.

Google Earth Images Show Hezbollah Building New Bases

05/08/2012

 Hezbollah has been building new bases and facilities in southern Lebanon and in the eastern Bekaa Valley near the Syrian border, the Lebanese Daily Star reported Tuesday, basing the report on recently uploaded Google Earth satellite images.

Facebook Won't Be Used to Publicize This Rally

If Al Gore actually did invent the Internet, as he once claimed, he would be the least popular guy in any ultra-Orthodox neighborhood. It is clear that the fervently Orthodox Jewish leaders really despise the Internet and technology because they're willing to spend over $1.5 million in a rally against it next month in Queens, New York.

Omer Counting in the Digital Age

An App That’ll Chant Your Haftarah Portion

04/17/2012
Associate Editor

Two new mobile apps are poised to revolutionize bar/bat mitzvah preparation, and possibly the whole practice of learning to chant Torah.

This week, Rabbi Charlie Schwartz and Russel Neiss — Jewish educators, techies and friends — released PocketTorah, which enables users to read and hear every Torah and Haftarah portion from virtually any Android or Apple device.

There’s a trope for that: PocketTorah, which is free, enables users to read and hear Torah and Haftarah from any Android.

Can One Sell Chametz Over the Internet?

On the Jewish Techs blog we have looked at the way several Jewish rituals are now performed using the Internet. Not every Jewish ritual can be transferred to the medium of the Internet, but even the question raises some interesting points for discussion.

Selling chametz on the Web has become standard operating procedure. But is it acceptable?

Intel Israel Accounts For 40 Percent Of Tech Giant’s Revenue

03/20/2012

Israeli high-tech company Intel Israel Ltd. now accounts for 40 percent of Intel Corporation’s revenue and plans to hire 600 new employees in 2012.

Intel Israel’s exports totaled $22.4 billion in 1999-2011, and the company’s exports totaled $2.2 billion in 2011, said Maxine Fassberg, the company’s general manager, at Intel’s recent annual press conference in Kiryat Gat, reported Globes, Israel Business News.

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