Apple’s Jerusalem Problem

Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, an influential ultra-Orthodox rabbi, says it is forbidden for religious Jews to own an iPhone and has instructed his followers to burn the device if they own one. It’s not that Kanievsky sides with Android in the smartphone war, but that he’s concerned about what observant Jews will see with such a device. Burning ones iPhone seems a drastic measure, but Kanievsky wasn’t the only Jewish leader with angst against Apple’s iPhone this week.

While Google Maps lists Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Apple's new operating system omits it.

Google Earth Images Show Hezbollah Building New Bases

05/07/2012 - 20:00

 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.

French Group Suing Google Over Jewish Search Suggestions

04/30/2012 - 20:00

A French anti-discrimination group is taking Google to court for offering to search if celebrities are Jewish.

SOS Racisme, a French organization that fights discrimination, is scheduled to meet Google attorneys in a French courtroom on Wednesday for a hearing on the matter, according to the Hollywood Reporter, citing French media reports.

Google To Open Israeli Startup Incubator

11/14/2011 - 19:00

 Google will open a startup incubator in Israel.

The incubator, scheduled to open in August in offices in Tel Aviv, will host about 20 pre-seed stage startups, the Israeli business daily Globes reported.

The announcement of the new incubator was made Sunday by the director of Mountain View, Calif.,-based Google's Israel R&D center, Yossi Matias.

The incubator also will host Israeli Arab and haredi Orthodox entrepreneurs in an effort to expose them to Israel's high-tech industry, according to Globes.

It's Your Friends, Not Facebook, That You're Addicted To


I recently heard a rabbi trash Facebook, in no uncertain terms in his sermon, attacking the preeminent social network as a virtual mine for gossip and haven for people who have no shame.

Israeli Lawmakers Discuss Google Street View

02/20/2011 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A team of Knesset Cabinet members met to discuss security and privacy concerns surrounding the operation of Google Street View in Israel.

Google Street View, an on-line mapping tool which provides a three-dimensional view of buildings, landmarks, and streets around the world, is set to be operated in Israel in coming months.

Simchat Torah Mysticism in the Age of YouTube

Google Images and YouTube videos are helping Jewish educators create new midrash and bring sacred meaning to age-old traditions. Rabbi Rachel Gurevitz created an innovative, interactive experience for the seven hakafot (circles) of Simchat Torah.

Her "Seven Dances for Simchat Torah in the YouTube Era" is available on the Sh'ma Koleinu website. Sh'ma Koleinu is an online center for spirituality and connection from Congregation B'nai Israel in Bridgeport, CT, which seeks to bring sacred meaning to convey something of the deeper meanings of the High Holy Day liturgy.

"The Dance of Eternity" brings spirituality to Simchat Torah (Artwork of Francene Hart)

The Internet's Effect on Jewish Newspapers

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) likes to think of itself as the the Jewish AP. The JTA is a non-profit news service that disseminates the happenings in the Jewish world as soon as they happen. Ideally, they try to scoop all the other news agencies and print media.

JTA Publisher Ami Eden

Koogle It

06/25/2009 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

Search for “beef” and you’ll find listings for two restaurants and four butchers. Search for “bacon” and you’ll get no results.
Doesn’t sound like Google? It’s not.

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