(posted the day after Shavuos from Israel)
I read an interesting article on TorahMusings recently about Social Media, Blogging and Shabbat. The questions raised were how to handle various web or social media robots that pick up postings and spread them across other sides (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, email, and/or other web sites) – a process that happens with some delay, and may make it appear that the posting activity happened on Shabbat.
It’s an interesting topic that requires true halachic experts together with internet experts, to be able to formulate a clear religious understanding. But I did want to clarify some points about Mystical Paths in case there’s any questions (and to prevent Maris Ayin)…
1. Mystical Paths operates Shomer Shabbat. All authors are Shomer Shabbat and Torah observant orthodox Jews (though we may occasionally excerpt an article from somewhere else where this is not true). No blogging activity occurs on Shabbat.
2. Mystical Paths is edited and published from Israel. This means we’re operating on an Israeli time schedule (Shabbos times) and keep one day of yom tov (a one day Jewish holy day schedule, as is the norm according to Jewish law for those living in the Land of Israel).
3. Mystical Paths uses a variety internet services to distribute it’s content via various channels. This includes auto-posting to Facebook, Twitter, Odigo (for the hearing impaired), Google Currents (for iPhone and iPad), email, and a number of aggregator services and sites.
4. We never post on Shabbos or on Jewish holy days (when work is prohibited, those are Passover, Shavuos, Sukkos, Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, but not including Purim and Chanukah). However, the internet services and aggregators may pick up our articles automatically on whatever schedule they choose to operate – so an article we post on Friday morning might be automatically picked up and posted elsewhere on Shabbos or emailed or sent to your iPhone or Facebook account on Shabbos.
5. This is further complicated by world wide time zones. An article published Friday morning Israel time may appear to be published on Shabbos Australia time. And an article published on the day after yom tov in Israel is coming out on the second day of yom tov outside of Israel. Articles on the blog site include the date posted (at the top) to show otherwise. We’ll check if we can add the time to make this completely clear.
Thanks for reading Mystical Paths.