E-Reading for the People of the Book: How Jews will Adapt to the Digital Revolution

Print vs. Electronic, the ongoing debate (CC image by Mobil Yazilar)
Print vs. Electronic, the ongoing debate (CC image by Mobil Yazilar)

This post was contributed by Dr. Henry Abramson, Dean of the Avenue J Campus of Touro College:

We are living in a Gutenberg moment, plunging wildly into an unprecedented age of transformation whose dark contours obscure the uncertain future. The Information Revolution dwarfs the 18th century Industrial Revolution, which was really great at making things bigger and faster: airplanes travel faster than horses, microwaves cook faster than campfires, but they are still all about visiting relatives or making dinner. Our digital technology, by contrast, thrusts us into change that is radically new. Facebook, for example, evolved out of the idea of a printed student phone book, using the online format to easily expand and update its content. Now, twelve years after it was first launched by students at Harvard, is it anything like a phone book? Even more, is it anything like anything? And for those born after 1995: what’s a phone book? Continue reading

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In celebration of Jewish Book Month: Reverence for books in the Jewish tradition

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Jewish Book Month poster, 2014

Reverence and love for Jewish books, as vehicles of transmission of sacred teachings and knowledge and expanding consciousness (mogen gedolut), is found throughout Jewish law and custom.  Many great rabbinic sages note the importance of cherishing Jewish texts, as illustrated by the following remarks: Continue reading

Summer Reading

"Summer" reading (photo by Carol Schapiro)
“Summer” reading (photo by Carol Schapiro)

With fewer (or no!) classes, longer days, and maybe a vacation or weekend getaway on the calendar, summer is the perfect time to fit in some leisure reading. Touro libraries can help you get started. Check out the list below for some summer-themed recommendations, stop by to browse the shelves, or explore the catalog online. Titles in bold are ebooks available immediately for your reading pleasure. Continue reading