This show being an examination of--among other things--religion and spirituality, I am amazed that the subject of the Jewish Sabbath did not come up once in Ms. Tippett's conversation with Dr. Turkle. To those who observe it in the traditional fashion, the Jewish Sabbath represents nearly 15% of a lifetime spent just being with one's self and/or with one's family and friends. Absent are the intrusions of an overloaded and--dare I say--polluted information landscape; present are our most intimate companions, thoughts, and senses (and I would be remiss to neglect mentioning good food and song).
Dr. Turkle spoke of the phenomenon of the transmission of memories through heirlooms being lost as future generations inherit digital files rather than printed photographs. On a national level, Jews will never lose their tactile heirloom, the ancient scroll with which they interact on each and every Sabbath. On an individual level the descendants of the Sabbath observant will inherit the physical carriers of their family's history: words and images that--due to the sanctity of the Sabbath--may not be reduced to sequences of 1's and 0's.
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