Saturday, September 02, 2006

Before I Go Back to "Vacation"...

...which is anything but a vacation...

My mother e-mailed me two great articles that were in the Wall Street Journal this weekend. They're... quite applicable to this blog at the moment. :) Excerpts after the jump.

No Day at the Beach:
In the height of summer-holiday season, bloggers face the inevitable question: to blog on break or put the blog on a break? Fearing a decline in readership, some writers opt not to take vacations. Others keep posting while on location, to the chagrin of their families. Those brave enough to detach themselves from their keyboards for a few days must choose between leaving the site dormant or having someone blog-sit.
Rabbinical Advice: How to Keep the Sabbath in a 24/7 Online World:

For all its putative godlessness, the Internet abounds with religion; most major faiths have thousands of sites devoted to them. One run by the Eretz Hemdah Institute in Israel,, features an "Ask the Rabbi" service. We asked some questions about the Internet of Rabbi Yosef Carmel, dean of the institute and a rabbinic judge, educator and author.

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What are some issues involving the Internet that an Orthodox Jew might be concerned with?

An Orthodox Jew who runs a business is supposed to close it on Saturday, the Sabbath. But what about a business on the Internet -- a Web-site business? The answer is he doesn't need to close his Web business on Saturday, and for two reasons. First, he isn't doing anything, and thus he isn't violating the Sabbath according to Jewish law. And second, on the Internet, it is not Sabbath for everyone in every place.

And now, back to packing. Enjoy the guests! ;)