So this article is going viral in the Jewish World – Half Shabbos is a Way of Life – and to sum up, it talks about Orthodox teens keeping the laws of Shabbat except they are unable to stop texting with their friends. So they have called it half Shabbos – they are keeping most of the holy day but not all of it.
I asked my eldest if he had heard of it – he said he had heard of the idea but knows no one in his yeshiva who practices it.
Look, we all know I am stuck to technology all day long. I email, text, call, FB, blog, tweet and everything else in between. But only 24/6. I look forward to switching off from all modes of technology over Shabbat, and rediscovering relationships in the real world.
How can they justify this? Even Orthodox smokers go without their addictive cancer sticks over Shabbat – and I would think as addictions go, nicotine is a much stronger substance than a cell phone.
How has this become “accepted” in certain Modern Orthodox circles? The author of the article says that this phenomenon is so widespread that half of all MO teens text. Really?
How do we deal with this? How do we get the teens to stop texting on Shabbat without pushing them further away from Judaism? What do you think about this new phenomenon?