Let My People Know

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: “Cellphones have become replacements for real people.”

Nowadays, practically everybody has in their pockets gadgets that seemingly allow them to connect with the entire world.

But in practice even the cellphones, with all that has developed around them, have become just one more means of crowding together, of losing selfhood and of dependence.

Cellphones have become replacements for real people.

As can be seen everywhere, people now have less and less time to talk to each other face to face.

Human, individual contact is continuously ceding to these gadgets.

Even in family or friends reunions people almost do not sit with each other: they sit with their cellphones – basically in order to tell each other more or less the same things.

Thus even the megalopolises and jumbo-events are shrinking, for the chickens are sitting in their cages, eating and drinking, and cackling with each other via their smartphones. 

–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz