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Overview A new and necessary dialogue on cyberspace is opened with this volume, that is geared to change readers' thinking about their computers, God, the future, and the interconnected destiny of humanity.
thelordismyshepherd.com opens a new and necessary dialogue on the soul of cyberspace. It will change the way people think about their computers, about God, about the future and about the interconnected destiny of humanity in this ever-shrinking world. The author, a noted rabbi and journalist, alternates between analytic and experiential approaches to the subject, escorting the reader on a multi-dimensional quest for spiritual and intellectual growth - a "virtual pilgrimage" if you will. A pilgrimage that travels tens of thousands of miles in a matters of instants, from Jerusalem to Mecca, to Chartres, even to Kosovo, and provides a new means of utilizing the vast power of technology to connect us to God and to transcend the artificial boundaries that separate us.
Citations And Professional Reviews thelordismyshepherd.com: Seeking God in Cyberspace by Joshua Hammerman has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 08/11/2000
Publishers Weekly - 08/14/2000 page 351
Christianity Today - 02/19/2001 page 66
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Hammerman, a rabbi and journalist, has served as spiritual leader of Temple Beth El in Stamford, Connecticut since 1992. His writing has appeared internationally, including three personal essays in the New York Times Magazine. He also writes a regular column for the New York Jewish Week, and has written for the New York Daily News, Newsday, Atlant Journal-Constitution, Hartford Courant, Jerusalem Post and Moment Magazine. He recently completed a term as the first pulpit rabbi to be president of the Council of Churches and Synagogues of Southwestern Connecticut.
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A great journey to share Oct 17, 2000
I applaud Rabbi Hammerman for taking us with him on his spiritual odyssey in the virtual world. His writing is lovely and engaging and keeps us wide-eyed throughout his exploration of many of the world's sacred sites. The coverage of religious sites is balanced and the experience is heartfelt. I recommend this book highly for spiritual seekers and for beginners and experts on the superhighway. Timely,insighful and extremely well-written. Bravo Rabbi!
A Soulful Look at the World Through the Web Portal Sep 4, 2000
To me, this book is as much a travelogue of the inner life of a very thoughtful rabbi as it is a travelogue of the virtual world of the web. In his book, Rabbi Hammerman reflects soulfully on what he sees. His choices of sites to visit are provocative and reflect his own courage and convictions. For example, his second visit, one made with great respect, is a moslem site. Rabbi Hammerman uses the various stops in his journey to document progress in a journey of his soul. He struggles with some of what he sees. What he sees brings up theological questions he passionately considers. This isn't the travelogue of a young, exploring rabbi. It is the travelogue, from my view point, of a rabbi who has already traveled far and has, as a result, both open questions and profoundly deep convictions. The rabbi brings both gravitas and playfulness. The book uses this virtual tour of the sacred sites in the virtual world to bring up and discuss the sacred questions in our interconnected consciousness. It is a gem.
New Paradigm for God Sep 2, 2000
I loved this book! I found it was less about where to find God (on the internet) than how to look at God. Rabbi Hammerman suggests a new paradigm for God, not as a shepherd leading a flock, but as a weaver of a web, and the web itself. The internet, he suggests, is not only a metaphor for his God paradigm, but also evidence itslelf of God. Fasinating! It is very clear from reading this that Rabbi Hammerman has been touched by an encounter with holiness, sitting in front of his computer-not in the sanctuary of his synagogue. While not everyone may be able to replicate his revelation, the computer is there for us, accessible and always available, we only need to turn it on and tune in.
A must read for those on a spiritual search on the internet Aug 17, 2000
What a special book. Rabbi Hammerman has a wonderful style and takes you on a journey around the world in the privacy of your own home. If you are looking for God in cyberspace, look no further. This book will take you places and show you how to find a deeper meaning from within your computer. Anyone who has a computer or access to one should have this book. It's a small investment for a priceless experience!