Let My People Go Fetch

By Jennifer Krause

CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, 2000

Rabbi Jennifer Krause contends that with the revolutionary technological advances that are shaping our lives, our work, our leisure, and even our relationships, it is easy to feel that human progress is inevitable. Using the analysis of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the author argues against this purportedly mistaken belief and instead writes that progress is only possible through the tireless efforts and persistent work of dedicated individuals. She discusses new technologies such as urbanfetch, a service which quickly delivers many different products right to the door, and wonders how those living in a "go fetch" culture will continue to see themselves as agents of progress and not simply as its passive recipients. The author concludes by discussing how Israel's exodus from Egypt challenges the "go fetch" mentality and explains that the story teaches that if you really want it, you have to go fetch redemption for yourself.

Topic: Culture, Jewish Content, Internet, Empowerment, Consumerism, Technology, Future

Name of Publication: CLAL Community and Society Archive

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Genre: Opinion

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Krause, Jennifer. Let My People Go Fetch. CLAL Community and Society Archive. CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. 2000: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=8283


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