A highlight from Living the Questions Weve been enmeshed with our technologies. Tech Shabbat for everyone?
Okay we've been wrestling with technology before we talk about talking that wrestling with and living with technology omega. We love hate Yeah so can we start deck. Oh okay all right So and has that ever been more true than right. Now all my. We've never been more grateful and more reasons to love our technology. And i have to say i have recently. Had this feeling really like getting really angry with my devices like i'm sick of them right legs in the same way. I would be sick of a person that i had been at trash to the up with for a year. Enough of you remember view. Hey i feel like. I've even i think even kind of yelled at it or said mean things. Just go away. But i can't live without you live with you so you know we've been talking about having this conversation for few months and here we are with the world's about to open up again god willing and I i it you know. Among the many resets we ahead is. This is this. how do we kind of reset. We've been in meshed right when our technologies they have been our portal too much of reality including people and places. We love And and yet we have to reshape that relationship moving forward kind of knowing now what we know. I think about the connective power. That went away we possess before but didn't weren't availing ourselves of but also knowing what we know about how it's not it's not it can't it's not good for us for this to be the portal to reality so so tiffany. Let's just talk this through for the living. The questions israeli like twenty to thirty minutes. And i feel like this question is so out there for people obviously also people who were living with children who've been in school on technology all year I mean just very briefly. And we'll i'll tell people about the book you know book and all that but you you you i associate you with tech chabad if somebody else coined the phrase but i think you are now. I think i think we did. You did and i. I associate you as the person who's really given this idea richness and put it down into the world and then and then your book is twenty four six to talk about texture pot and so you know just as i was getting ready to talk to you and i will say you know full disclosure. I've been fortunate enough to actually have analog in the flesh shebab dinner with you Right and also i've been on some of zoom chabad experiences you've had this year which was also lovely not the same but lovely but it's so interesting right now to think about how in observant jewish homes in observant jewish tradition chabad always had this element of a break from technology Way before anyone could have known how how. Interwoven technology in our century could become right like extensions of our eyes and ears and fingertips but the principal was there and ever for you. It was after your father died that you started this tradition well. I think that i was in a similar moment in my life that i think a lot of us have been in this last year where i felt like when my father died in my daughter was worn it felt like life was grabbing me by the shoulders and saying focus on what matters what's important and so you know. This was eleven years ago that we decided to turn off screens one day week for what we call our texture bots and i have to say during this pandemic where we've had to be on screens ten times more for everything. Our day without screens has been ten times more important. I mean it at my seventeen year old daughter. desert said the only thing that hasn't changed the one consistent. Bang on this this this day. That is unlike any. It's an analog day and it's dave joy and family and eating good food and doing all the things we love to do and and really a lot of inward thinking do my best kind of thinking and journaling and all of that on that day too so it has been. It is interesting to think that this is over three thousand years old. This idea this elegant idea of one day of rest. And what does that mean in our modern society especially this year where work and it was also mishmash d- in this remote existence. And so i feel like. I have a whole new appreciation for turning it all off especially with the election news in the pandemic stressful news. Like i felt for one day week. I was like protected. i got to recharge. I got to reflect. Got to think. I got to connect with my family and really get the perspective that i don't have during the week when when we're so in it and responsive and reactive and all we're doing is really kind of responding to the world in tweets in notifications and i don i it's data catch my breath and rethink things. Yeah you know there. There's appointed. I hadn't considered of chabad is also way of it's a way of structuring time. Right it's a way of its creates structure in life as you say that it's predictable. It's week to week not of day to day but that's another thing that disintegrated for For so many of us those of us who worked from home that the also that stress in our bodies of having to create that structure every day for ourselves. I don't even think we've not had to take him that. That burden de-stress. Well i think that's right and that there was so many articles that people like what day is it and everything else blurring together. But i never felt that way. Because i was always either heading and looking forward to do or i was feeling the benefits of it at the beginning of the week. It's got this kind of whole hill hill rhythm where i'm going up and then going down looking forward. It also gave me something to look forward to every week when i've had like everyone so many things cancelled and this is the one thing that has an. You can't cancel chabad doing it. All over the world you can count on it and i think the time management point was a really profound one from even when i started it because i used to work all the time and and i love. I love what i did. It wasn't when i was running the webby awards. I i loved i loved all of it and yet i was burning out and to create this day where my whole family and sorry daughters are now almost twelve. Almost eighteen kenza professor robotics. We obviously are in detect. You're not the your words you're not. You're not luddites. We're not we're into it but not into it. All the time. And ken. And i are both interested in this question of what is it amplify what does amputate and i think structuring our time and time management of saying. There's going to be this one day that is filled with joy and rask because we always have people over for dinner like you and wonderful social night on friday and even during the pandemic we did it out with two tables at a distance but we kept that going with strong heaters. I should say so. You live in california.