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Would texting ruin ‘spirit of Shabbat’?

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Posted: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 10:00 am

In 2012, teens were sending an average of 60 texts per day, according to a report by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. That number was up from 50 in 2009, so it is likely even higher in 2014. Orthodox teens are no exception. 

An article published in the New York Jewish Week in 2011 drew attention to the high percentage of modern Orthodox teens for whom “half Shabbos” is a way of life. Half Shabbos is when one refrains from all of the 39 Shabbat prohibitions except when it comes to texting, which falls under the prohibition of using electricity in nonemergency situations.

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