At the request of a Professor in Germany, Chabad Lubavitch in Cyberspace asked the following 5 questions of its subscribers to chabad.org
Over 300 people replied in less than 24 hours.
- Does it make a difference to you that you are Jewish?
- What are the differences that you experience as a Jew?
- Are there any values you believe remain particularly Jewish?
- How do you think Jewishness will be affected by the rapid development in technology?
- How do you feel Chabad - Lubavitch in Cyberspace affects your Judaism?
The following are excerpts of answers received to question.
- It is through Chabad that I've reconnected with and rediscovered this Jewish essence. There's so much I don't know, it will be a wonder if I manage to make it through a quarter of it all. Remember, most of us Jews in the United States stopped learning at around age 13. Some of us, me included, went on until we were 16 or so, but no further. A 12th-grade knowledge base trapped in a 40-year-old body! A lot of lost time to make up for! If it weren't for the patience and fortitude of people like Yosef Kazen, who withstands all challenges and patiently allows himself to be queried from all angles, .... I'd still be floundering out there, trying to rediscover that there is joy to be had in Judaism and not merely a crushing sense of responsibility. I may never be a Chassid, but Chabad has helped me understand that I'll always be a Jew.
- It is a blessing!!! I heard that everything in the world was created for the benefit of the Jewish people. This certainly applies to the internet!!! I am privileged to subscribe to many of the offerings on this internet site, and am always looking for more information to improve my Jewish education. The internet sites allow me to print out teachings, which I read not only during the week but on Shabbos as well. Even though I have books at home from which I study, the interpretations on the parsha and haftorah of the week, along with other writings, fill me with joy and spiritual fulfillment. To understand different interpretations of halacha and parsha, etc... is a privilege and only increases my desire to become more religious and ask questions, and be proud of my religion.
- Thank G-d for Chabad - Lubavitch in Cyberspace! I receive e-mail every week and learn at least twice a week with 5 or 6 people and include what I've gotten from the website in our learning. So, it's like ripples in water that keep spreading and widening.