INTERNET TRAVELLER By Hilary Ostrov C.W.*


Why is this column different from all other columns?

In all other columns readers were interrupted by the gobbledygook of slashes, dots and dashes. In this column you have "freedom to read". And you will be delivered from the slavery of cyber-gobbledygook henceforth. If you have mouse and modem, you will find the column point and click ready on my Website. And all URL's from now on will be available for ready reference at the end of each column.

Why is this Project different from all other Projects?

The 24 Hours Food for All - Passover Project is an ambitious non-profit program you can find on the Web. The purpose is to create a network of food donors from Synagogues, Jewish Community Centres and schools and connect each with a shelter or other non-Jewish organization whose clients would be the recipients of the donated chometz in their respective local areas.

Why are these Haggadot different from all other Haggadot?

Because they are available on the Web - and so many to choose from! The JCN Interactive Haggadah is about "you sharing your understanding of the seder. " You can post your thoughts about any of the traditional seder items. And return to the Website as the library of material grows. You can even put together a "Random Haggadah" - generated by the computer from the entries received.

There is of course The Animated Haggadah, part of a CD-ROM that you can order on-line (after sampling of course). Or for a review of Passover: The Exodus from Egypt (like never told before) you can just point your mouse in another direction. The reviewer, Doron Avigad, tells us that this CD-ROM "is not intended for Israelis. It is designed to be of interest primarily to American Jewry, whose conscience dooms them to lie awake at night, bitterly regretting their ever growing estrangement from Jewish religion and tradition."

Or perhaps you'd prefer to view The Rheingold Family Haggadah: You Don't Have to Be Jewish to Celebrate Freedom. Short, sweet and ecumenical! But my favourite on-line Haggadah is still the ever popular Uncle Eli's Special-for-Kids Most Fun Ever Under-the-Table Passover Haggadah with some Hebrew, a glossary and "other hypertext bells-and-whistles."

Why are these Web pages more Pesachdich than others?

On all other commercial Web pages, we find lots of good for sale ... but in these Web pages we find only Pesach goods! Believe me you can pick your favourite Search Engine, type in either Passover or Pesach and you will find ways to shop till you drop - everything from flowers to soup!

Why is this Pesach sadder than last Pesach?

Because Jonathan Pollard is still not free. The official web page authorized by Jonathan and Esther Pollard contains a summary of his case, as well as many articles, letters and press releases. His story is no less disturbing this year than it was a year ago.

But speaking of freedom in a more positive vein, last year we weren't so many on-line even though the Web is a virtual festival of freedom to publish! But this year Jewish Toronto is finally on-line with a very snazzy Website. Surely Vancouver will not be far behind. And I hear via the grapevine that in the near future, Editor Ariela will at long last have "freedom to surf"!

[Footnote: This "point and click ready version" does not include this list, which would be superfluous! Return ]


*Hilary Ostrov is a Chartered Webaholic, who lives in New Westminster, BC. When not busy "surfing the net", she is a consultant and educator who offers Internet "driving lessons", hypertext authoring and design of World Wide Web "Home Pages", and computer-related training. She can be contacted via e-mail (hostrov@telus.net) or telephone (604) 525-3055

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This article was submitted for publication and appeared in the The Western Jewish Bulletin, Vol. LXIII, No. 13

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