The Dark Side of Jews in Cyberspace

By David Gelernter

CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, December 9, 1994

David Gelernter argues that while new technology has much to offer, it also has some destructive qualities that will affect Jewish learning. He claims that a religious community creates a spiritual landscape, which includes ideas as well as physical objects that connect generations to the emotions that emanate from these objects. Gelernter suggests that Judaism is embodied by a spiritual landscape that is defined by words, objects, melodies, sounds and rituals. He believes that the Internet will undercut the meaning of these objects and rituals that cannot be conveyed electronically.

Topic: Ritual, Internet, Generational Issues, Spirituality, Education, Technology, Jewish Literacy

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Cardin, Nina Beth

Volume/Issue: Vol.25/no.483

Page Number(s): 1-3

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Gelernter, David. The Dark Side of Jews in Cyberspace. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. 9 December 1994: 1-3. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=8055


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