Technology and Jewish Life

Publication Date: March 2006

Publisher: Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

Author(s): Avraham Wyler; Manfred Gerstenfeld

Research Area: Culture and religion

Keywords: Ritual Observance; Future; Technology; Jewish Law (Halacha)

Type: Report


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.