Jewish Techs

An occasional column from Jason Miller, a rabbi and tech maven.

Esther's in Vegas

That's right, Esther's in Vegas. No, not THAT Esther? We'll shift our focus to Queen Esther in less than two weeks. For now, the focus is on another Esther.

The King & Queen of the Jewish Twittersphere: William Daroff & Esther Kustanowitz

Facebook and Anorexia

According to clinical psychologist Esther Altmann, writing on the MyJewishLearning website, "Anorexia and bulimia are most prevalent within upwardly mobile demographic groups, and are amongst the most emotionally and physically devastating disorders affecting young Jewish women. The Jewish community has become increasingly aware that eating disorders are a serious health concern and, in some cases, a life threatening condition."

Is Facebook use contributing to eating disorders in young women?

Amazon Kindle's Israel Story

As digital readers are becoming more popular, it's important to give some credit to Israel's hi-tech industry for helping launch the Amazon Kindle. While there were digital readers on the market before Amazon released its Kindle, they never really caught on.

So what's the Israeli connection to the Kindle?

Lilach Zipory and her Israeli team at Oracle helped develop Amazon's Kindle e-reader

Alef Bet Learning for Kids on iPad

At a recent Family Camp experience with twenty other young Jewish families, I noticed something that had changed from the previous year's gathering. iPads. This year, they were everywhere. You might think that it was the adults using Apple's slick tablets to read books, check email, or play Angry Birds. But it was actually the youngest of participants who were using the iPad, which could be the most expensive toy for the under 5 demographic.

Jewish children will use Mom & Dad's iPad to learn the Hebrew alphabet

Razoo Changes Policy on Israeli Credit Cards

If you didn't receive numerous email solicitations from non-profit organizations during the final week of 2010, then your email server was likely down.

A few complaints led Razoo to change its policy on accepting credit card donations from Israel.

Artscroll Goes Digital

 Last week on the Jewish Techs blog I wrote about the Shabbat implications of e-readers from a Halachik (Jewish legal) perspective. Now Artscroll, one of the largest publishing houses of Orthodox books including holy texts, has announced it will begin digitizing its collection. Of course, those issues concerning Shabbat and holiday use will come into play for the majority of Artscroll's readership.

Rabbi Tells Students Not to Comment on Blogs or Website Articles

The more I blog, the thicker my skin gets. Overtime, I've learned to prepare myself before reading the comment section at the bottom of my posts. With great inventions, we have to take the bad with the good. It's been wonderful that newspapers and magazines make their articles available to us on the Web, but it also means that individuals can post outrageous, defaming, and insulting comments underneath each article -- opinions that would never be published in a print edition.

Rabbi Shlomo Aviner says stay away from talkbacks and blog commenting

Cuddling Up With An E-Book on Shabbos?

Tech gadgets have changed our lives. And they will change our lives even more in the future.

Is an e-book kosher to read on Shabbat?

Bubbie and Zaydie in the Social Media Cloud

When I first logged on to Facebook in 2004 none of my real life friends had accounts yet. At that stage in the social networking site's development, a Facebook account was only for university students (or at least anyone with a university email account). I was working at a campus Hillel and my .edu email address gave me access to Facebook so I could interface with the Jewish students on campus.

The fastest growth in social networkworking usage has come from Internet users 74 & older
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