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Your Computer's Yom Kippur Message

Your Computer's Yom Kippur Message

Let's face it, you spend more time on me than you should. And it's not all for wholesome things.


Knock, knock... It's your computer

Yeah, your computer. You're not dreaming!

I have something to tell you.

Remember way back when how you convinced your boss/spouse/parent to buy me? You promised them that you need me in order to be more productive, right?

You sold them on the scenario that if you could just have me you could make more sales and bring in more clients or you could finally reconcile your bank statement or you could do more research for your college paper in order to get a better grade.

Well what happened? Where's all the productivity and research you were supposed to do?

I know; it's always the same routine.

9AM rolls around and you start off by checking email. Then you scan the news.

At some point you check out the latest video clip being passed around on, or perhaps you're chatting away with your friends on Facebook.

Sometimes you see a flashy advertisement and click on it out of curiosity and...well, next thing you know, you're taking me somewhere you probably know we shouldn't be.

Let's face it, you spend more time on me than you should. And it's not all for wholesome and pure things. You know what I mean…

Too late, don't bother erasing your favorites/history trails in your browser so no one else knows about this. Because I already know it. And He knows it too!

Who is He?

I'm talking about Big Bro in the Sky; I'm talking about Super Admin; I'm talking about the Almighty Himself!


He has a log of every single site you've been to, and you can't hack His computer to erase it.


He has a log of every single site you've been to, and you can't hack His computer to erase it.

Heavy, isn't it?

But it ain't over.

In just a few days it'll be Yom Kippur, and you'll be praying to the Super Almighty up in heaven for forgiveness, erasing the slate and generally trying to clean up your act.

In order to tip the scale in your favor, maybe you should try to take on a new resolution. After all, you gotta show that you're serious. God knows when it's just lip service. And I have just the resolution that's good for me and you.

Relax -- I'm not going to tell you to do something impossible like turn me off and chuck me out the window.

I'm just suggesting this: Before you sit down to surf, take a moment to stop and think. Make a list of what you need to accomplish on the computer (hey, that's me) for the current session and don't visit any site that deviates from your Internet Mission Statement.

There, that wasn't so bad, was it?

I know, sometimes it'll work and others times it won't, but why not give it a try. I think you'll be very surprised by what you discover.

Ok, I'm getting tired and I'm gonna go into hibernate mode. Wake me up if you need me. Shana tova.

Using the comment section below, tell me what internet usage management solution works for you so we all can benefit from it.


September 27, 2008

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Visitor Comments: 16

(16) Mike Smith, May 12, 2013 10:37 AM

Get Rid of the Internet

I made an evaluation of what really happened with me on the computer and it was a complete waste of time. So this year I got rid of the internet on my computer. I traded for positive courses and yes reading books. That's right kids. I have read whole

(15) Anonymous, September 7, 2010 4:44 PM

I like this article for several reasons. It uses humor (thank you Rabbi) to convey a timely message, it is true as to how many hours many people waste on surfing and not studying, further, one must be safe. So, the greater majority of sites I visit and bookmarks I make are all Judaica related. I don't have the time to waste to do anything else. When I have read something in the local, national or international news I usually wish I had not. Ergo, I stick and stay with the best: Aish, My Jewish Learning, Orthodox Union, ChofetzChaim, and many more like these. I want the version of my life to be what Hashem would approve. There is no time to waste. The direction of my life is in my hands, moreover, in Hashem's hands because He calls the shots. Something wonderful in getting ready for Rosh HaShana... the best crown round Challah with some sweetness for the new year. The blessings said for the dough and separating the dough are not in my memory banks yet as in verbatim, but I did my best by thanking Hashem. Without Hashem it could have been a real big mess. Everyone, please enjoy and learn from this season to improve your lives, someone else's life and carry on with the knowledge that G-d does really does guide us if we let Him.

(14) rg, October 15, 2008 4:03 PM

thanks anonymous #10

those were great tips for protecting our home computer at no cost. Thanks so much!

(13) Ester, October 7, 2008 10:45 PM

Try Yeshivanet

They whitelist only the sites you want and their service is superb!

(12) Ezekiel Calderon, October 7, 2008 9:10 AM

Ad Blocker

You can install Adblock Plus as an add-on in Firefox (if that is your web browser). This is one of the reasons I choose Mozilla Firefox as my default browser. Go to Tools > Add-ons > Get addons > Click Browse All Add-ons. A link will load and from there search for Adblock. Then Add it to Firefox and install!

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