Episode 20: Don’t be the Frog: Technology and Our Spiritual Lives

Episode 20 · September 26th, 2018 · 50 mins 53 secs

About this Episode

Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D., president of Reconstructing Judaism, and Rabbi Nathan Kamesar, associate rabbi of Society Hill Synagogue in Philadelphia, discuss the ubiquity of technology and the opportunities and challenges they bring to Judaism. The two recently authored an in-depth essay, “Harnessing Technology” that asks, “how can we sanctify our online lives by acting according to our values? How can we use the resources on line to enrich our lives?” They mine Jewish tradition for ways to remain sane in a world that demands constant connectivity, and to retain a sense of holiness when interacting with others online. What do frogs (specifically boiling frogs) have to do with any of this? You’ll just have to listen to find out.

Episode Links

  • Evolve — Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations, an initiative of Reconstructing Judaism, seeks to promote the ongoing evolution of the Jewish community by launching conversation about the urgent issues of our day. This platform offers conversation-sparking essays from thought-leading rabbis, lay leaders and creators. Explore the best thinking on pressing, contemporary questions.
  • Technology — Evolve — Explore essays and other resources on the questions: How can we sanctify our on-line lives by acting according to our values? How can we use the resources on line to enrich our lives?
  • Flavors of Gratefulness | Rabbi Shefa Gold — Modah Ani: Awakening to Gratefulness