Oy Vey

Shalom! Google Glass App Will Make You a Better Jew

JewGlass, please direct me to this. Now.

Just in time for the high holidays, New York app developers have devised JewGlass: the Google Glass app that won’t let you miss a prayer. Or a kosher deli.

“By pushing contextual, geographic-aware, and time sensitive data directly into your line of vision – JewGlass can help you remember things such as prayer time deadlines, where to find kosher eateries, what or what not to say while praying in synagogue and Shabbat start or end times,” reads the description of JewGlass on RustyBrick’s site. “This is just the beginning, the practical applications are endless.”

Will it go back and do my Bat Mitzvah Torah portion for me? Read More

Moral Minority

That Massive ‘Jews Against the Internet’ Rally at Citi Field Isn’t Letting Women In


As it turns out, Betabeat was too hasty in declaring our attendance at the upcoming ”Jews Against the Internet” rally scheduled for City Field next month. As Rabbi Eliyahu Fink points out at Vos Iz Neias? (Yiddish for “What is news?”), women are not allowed to participate. Tickets are currently on sale for $10. “There’s just one catch. 50% of orthodox Jews cannot attend. The entire Asifa is for men only,” writes the Rabbi, who also blogs at Fink or Swim.

In addition to the general sexism, this dictum is particularly notable because the Israeli rabbis backing the event have blamed the Internet (and the insidious gadgetry that makes it omnipresent) for “family-related problems.” In fact, despite roundly decrying “the scourge of technology,” few other specifics are given. Read More