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We all need to step back for a moment and assess the direction our lives are moving in. We need to ask ourselves that if in the midst of all this “connecting,” we have lost too much of the basic communication we need for our emotional health and well being. We need to turn off our Blackberries, iPads, iPhones and the like for a few moments and embrace the real comforts of face-to-face communication. We need to ask ourselves if we are letting too much fall by the wayside in our steady march towards the future.

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I watch in wonder as four teenagers grab chairs around a table at a local café. They seem to be friends, or at least fond acquaintances, all joining together for a ten-day Birthright tour of Israel. I watch these boys from a balcony above, and I observe that immediately upon sitting down, three of the four boys at the table proceed to reach for their laptops. The fourth boy didn’t seem to have one with him and attached himself to his friend’s laptop. They immediately logged into their Facebook accounts and spent the remainder of their meal connecting to friends in their respective countries.

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