I recently had a discussion with some Jewish leaders about the future of Jewish life in America. Actually when we had the discussion we were in Israel ironically! But the truth of the matter is that our world is in such a rapid state of flux we can all hardly keep up. The news cycle is 24/7 even though we Jews are 24/6! This article in the Jewish Week take on the changes in technology and new media. It posits that the role in Jewish life is to make Judaism more accessible. But it makes a radical claim that while we as the Jewish people celebrated sacred time and sacred space (i.e. Shabbat, the synagogue) the impact of new technologies and new media make sanctifying time and space irrelevant to a new generation. See the article : New Media And Jewish Life: Discuss.
WOW… that is a radical statement. It turns Judaism upside down. I wonder if that is true. Perhaps we will need a special day and special place even more in this kind of world that knows no boundaries. Our young folks don’t necessarily know what that is like-to be disconnected. Perhaps our Jewish gift is to help the do so one day a week.