Technology and Jewish Life
Publication Date: March 2006
Publisher(s): Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
Series: Jewish Political Studies Review, 18:1-2, Spring 2006.
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Ritual Observance; Future; Technology; Jewish Law (Halacha)
In this interview, Rabbi Professor Avraham Wyler discusses the impact of technological advances upon Jewish life -- sociologically, practically and philosophically. Technology, he explains, has caused major social changes such as the suburbanization of Jews, women's increased learning, and the possibility of participating in worldwide community activities; it has further socialized and politicized kashrut certification, and has changed modes of Jewish study. Technology can enhance Shabbat observance and stimulate better observance of the commandments, the author notes. He also analyzes the philosophical relationship between the Jewish outlook and the world of technological civilization.