September 20, 2012
Texting integrated into Rosh Hashanah services
In some congregations texting was integrated into the Rosh Hashanah service. The Jewish Week reports.
NY Times Miami bureau chief Lizette Alvarez explains that in a Miami Beach Reform congregation, congregants looked up at a big white screen and read the directions: ?Pray. Write. Text.? For 90 minutes the participants used their texting thumbs to send out regrets, goals, musings and blissful thoughts for the rest of the congregation to see.
The rabbi, Amy Morrison, encouraged her parishioners rather than scolding them for texting. She said, "Take those phones out" and asked them what they needed to let go of to be "fully present?
Rabbi Morrison explained the idea to encourage texting during the High Holy Day services: "For my generation, the generation that the service is for, prayer is not something you can find in your own life until someone helps you wrestle with it... So, "I recommended texting ."
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