Every Matzah is a Policy Failure
Plus, readings for your Passover seder
Jews, like everyone else, have a complex relationship to technology, and like everyone else they don’t always respond to it correctly. Sometimes they embrace new tech and everything goes well—and sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes they reject new tech and everything goes badly—and sometimes it doesn’t.
Here’s a little cheat sheet I put together with examples of all of these.
The matzah completes the grid. It is an example, I believe, of a decision to embrace the industrial revolution that made matzah cheap and readily available at the price of leaving almost all Jews alienated from this most important food.
In a just-published piece for JTA, I argued that this mistake bears a striking resemblance to what we are currently seeing with the rise of AI systems. I think you’ll like it.
More readings for Passover
Back in 2016 I wrote an article about Passover fruit jelly slices, which the Forward has republished several years in a row.
The Four Sons is a short imagines the conversation that happens between different “types” of children when their father leaves the room. (Note: Contains descriptions of abuse. Strong language.) One of the better things I’ve written.
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