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On the Leash

Rabbi David Wolpe wrote for Time why he sees the constant communication of modern life as a bad thing. Wolpe says, "Constant connection, increases, rather than reduces, worry." He continues, "We treat each other like those parents who have their children on leashes in malls: space is not measured in how far one is able to go but in how soon one is pulled back." Each alert from a text message, each email, each call, each notification pulls us back.

Possible Preaching Angle:

To a large degree, we are shaped by the things we give attention to, and the way that we give them. We have to ask—is our lifestyle enabling us to be present, to serve God with a clear mind, to love and see those around us? If not, is it time to question the leash?


Rabbi David Wolpe, “The Days of Escaping Your iPhone Are Over,” Time (2-26-15)

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