Earlier today, this article, “Facebook and Religion Don’t Mix,” crossed my desk, telling me that “Americans seem to not mix their social networking and religious activities.” In spite of what it says, much of my own personal Facebook use focuses on the joys of being Jewish— something many of my Facebook friends and I share with each other on a regular basis.
A few examples and anecdotes, I think, illustrate this point best.
Before leaving the office on most Fridays, I often post a favorite piece of Shabbat liturgy, and close by wishing folks a Shabbat shalom. About a month ago, here’s what I wrote:
That one got six “likes” as people signed off for Shabbat.
This past week, my Friday afternoon post said:
It got eight “likes” and three comments, mostly reciprocating my Shabbat wishes.
On most Saturday mornings, my first Foursquare check-in (which also posts to Facebook) is at Temple Shaaray Tefila, where I’m a regular at minyan. These posts generally get a “Like” or two, but by then, many of my Facebook friends have unplugged for Shabbat or are busy celebrating in their own congregations.
No worries, though…they’re back by evening when we’re wishing each other a shavua tov (a good week) and inquiring about what was most meaningful and special about the day of rest just ended.
Indeed, my Facebook posts around Shabbat are as much a part of my day of rest as are the more traditional worship, motzi, kiddush and text study.
What about you? How do you use Facebook to express your practice of Judaism? Share a comment to let us know.