People of the Link


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An ignite talk I did on the correlation between judaism and the internet. The talk was for fun but there is a lot of truth and depth in some of these similarities.

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  • bible diagrams - All diagrams © Mark Poyser Dispersed community Be like the network A written and oral tradition A framework for behavior Everyone has an opinion The role of connector A participatory view of community
  • In 70 A.C. Titus destroyed the Temple of Jerusalem. He brought to Rome a lot of Jews as slaves, together with the Menorah stolen from the Temple.
  • Jewish geography – how jews determined holidays - There was no way to determine in advance the exact day of a coming festival, because every festival falls on a particular day in a month, and there was no way to determine in advance when the month would begin. (The way that the Sanhedrin determined the new month is fascinating in itself, Click here to find out more about it.) Originally, the starting date of every new month was broadcast from Jerusalem to distant Jewish outposts via huge bonfires which would be lit on designated mountaintops. Lookouts stationed on other mountaintops would see that a fire had been lit and would light their own fire. This chain of communication led all the way to Babylon, and even very distant communities knew when the new month began. If there was a festival that month, they now knew when to celebrate it. But a problem arose. The Sadducees, a sect of Jews who denied rabbinic authority and were constantly at odds with the Sanhedrin, started lighting fires on the wrong days in order to manipulate the calendar. 1 To prevent this confusion, the fire-on-mountaintop method of communication was discontinued, and instead messengers were dispatched to Babylon and all other far-flung Jewish settlements. Since news travels a lot slower that way, distant communities would not know when Rosh Chodesh (the "Head of the Month") had been declared in time to celebrate the festival on the proper day. It was therefore decreed that outside of the Land of Israel people would celebrate two days for each festival – the day it would be if the previous month had been a 29 day month, and the day it would be if the previous month had been a 30 day month. Even though nowadays we have a fixed calendar,
  • In 1990, eight Jewish delegates were invited to Dharamsala, India, to meet with the XIV Dalai Lama, the political and spiritual leader of Tibet. The Tibetans had lost their land and temples to China, their religious leader was in exile, and now they feared they would lose their identity as a people as well. Conscious of the parallels to Jewish history, the Dalai Lama asked the Jews for help: "Tell me the secret of Jewish spiritual survival in exile." To writer Rodger Kamenetz, the request seemed fantastic: "As my grandfather might have said, 'Who would have thought to ask?'" Rodger's life-long friend, Dr. Marc Lieberman, a self-proclaimed "JuBu" -- or Jewish / Buddhist -- organized the meeting. He asked Rodger to come along and chronicle the event. A confirmed materialist who never looked to religion for answers to life's problems, Kamenetz was an unlikely pilgrim. He was the perfect person to question. He was a man who was spiritually lost but didn't quite know it.
  • rabbis refer to the talmud as a sea a tractate - or section of the talmud/mishnah masechet - = webbing it’s an ongoing conversation that jumps geography and time - often decades and centuries
  • rabbis refer to the talmud as a sea a tractate - or section of the talmud/mishnah masechet - = webbing it’s an ongoing conversation that jumps geography and time - often decades and centuries
  • rabbis refer to the talmud as a sea a tractate - or section of the talmud/mishnah masechet - = webbing it’s an ongoing conversation that jumps geography and time - often decades and centuries
  • One who hyperlinks brings redemption to the world
  • Haggadah - View of understanding as a property of conversation and argument - always multiple voices Value for relationships as they are shaped by conversation and argument Role of connector & curator/editor - e.g. connecting at the same time and over time for shaping understanding
  • Judaism was founded on a democratic basis. All were equal in the sight of G-d; all could serve Him. He had no favorites. He chose certain men and women for special tasks, but everyone could find opportunities for winning Divine favor. There were no pretensions about the Jewish priesthood. Because of this, Jewish history is practically free of the bitter contest between church and state that figures so conspicuously in the history of other nations. In every European country, the political head and the religious head considered themselves fierce competitors for the ultimate power. Popes and archbishops, by virtue of their alleged supernatural gifts, excommunicated kings and nobles who refused to subjugate themselves.
  • There is no privacy in the online
  • Make for yourself a rabbi/teacher. The language emphasizes the aspect of choice.  The followership/student role is not simply a slot into which you are assigned, it is a choice that you make and accept. Acquire for yourself a friend.  The word for acquire is literally "purchase." The language implies that getting a friend is not a trivial matter but takes investment.  The word for friend has the same root as the word for study partner, and the word is often translated as study partner. Give everyone the benefit of the doubt. How is this clause related to the previous clauses?  Once one has chosen an affiliation and school of thought, it might be easy to denigrate people who have made other choices. This teaches that one should consider that others have made choices different from yours, and give them the benefit of the doubt.
  • Metrugamen -
  • joke about jews and the desert island
  • joke about jews and the desert island Summer camp – tribe
  • Portable neevr know when gonna get thrown out of country Ipad Tablet
  • rambam - on friends
  • People of the Link

    1. 1. People of the Link <ul><li>A relationship 5770 years in the making </li></ul>Deborah Schultz @debs Ignite SF May 2010
    2. 2. <ul><li>A central theme </li></ul>Dispersed community
    3. 3. <ul><li>Diaspora - spreading across the globe </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>Internet traffic- spreading across Europe </li></ul>
    5. 5. Be like the network <ul><li>Jewish geography </li></ul>
    6. 6. <ul><li>we get this stuff </li></ul>A framework for survival
    7. 7. The Talmud <ul><li>aka the first blog </li></ul>
    8. 8. Spooky similarities to the web <ul><li>Talmud = Sea </li></ul><ul><li>Tractate = Webbing </li></ul>
    9. 9. The Haggadah <ul><li>An aggregator </li></ul>
    10. 10. Attribution <ul><li>“ One who properly attributes a quote brings redemption to the world” </li></ul><ul><li>Pirkei avot chap 6 </li></ul>
    11. 11. Collaborative Learning <ul><li>aka unconferences </li></ul>
    12. 12. Crowdsourcing <ul><li>A nation of priests </li></ul>
    13. 13. Online Shtetl <ul><li>We never had privacy offline </li></ul>
    14. 14. Make for yourself a rabbi, acquire for yourself a friend, and give everyone the benefit of the doubt Pirkei Avot 1:6 -
    15. 15. Friends & Followers
    16. 16. Tummler - the ultimate example of Connector 2.0 <ul><li>an entertainer or master of ceremonies, especially one who encourages audience interaction (from Yiddish tumler, from tumlen 'make a racket'; cf. German (sich) tummeln 'go among people, cavort') </li></ul><ul><li>NOUN: 1. One, such as a social director or entertainer, who encourages guest or audience participation. 2. One who incites others to action. </li></ul><ul><li>ETYMOLOGY: Yiddish tumler, from tumlen, to make a racket. </li></ul>Learn more at
    17. 17. Participatory Community <ul><li>Two jews three opinions </li></ul>
    18. 18. We Got Tribes Judaism Internet
    19. 19. We Got Gear Judaism Internet
    20. 20. Thanks COMING SOON Special Thanks: Estee Solomon Gray Adina Levin Esther Kustanowitz @debs