Parshas Vayigash 5759
Outline Vol. 3, # 9
by Rabbi Yaakov Bernstein
This issue is dedicated in honor of the Bas Mitzvah of Lindsie Jennifer
Brown by an anonymous donor.
The story of the Tower of Bavel is presented at an early stage in the
Torah. Mankind banded together in order to build an immense tower. When
Hashem did not approve of their work, He confounded their ability to
communicate, and the project collapsed. Alliance and effective
communication are extremely powerful tools -- without communication,
The Computer Age
The economics of the Computer Age is based on a new set of priorities.
Rather than individual corporations ruling a market, a series of companies
share technology and formulate standards for a medium.
The underlying logic is that sharing resources will be in everyone's best
A few years back, one company gave away its product, and shares in its
stock. Within one year, the company became (as of that time) the fastest
growing corporation in history.
This is now becoming almost commonplace. Technology firms become major
players on the stock market without ever having posted any profit.
Without commenting on the long-term economic stability of an enterprise of
this sort, it is remarkable that such corporations have shown success.
Contributing, working together, pooling information and resources -- have
become the signs of power.
The Electronic Code
The basis of the computer environment is language. Programmers use special
language. Transmitted data begins as language, is encoded before it is
transmitted, and decoded once it is received. The electronic signal
The entire Encyclopedia Brittanica can be transmitted in less than one
second, using technology presently in place (Networking Essentials, p.
600). Data, language, information is being sent at tremendous volume.
It all began with corporations holding information. Realizing the need to
share the information, the companies formed an alliance, a network, and
determined standards. The network led to a further abundance of
information. This produced further networks, which led to further
abundance of information.
The USA and Networks
The United States has shuffled its influence, and its information,
throughout the world.
Much of computer technology developed in the United States. Computer
language, too, is based upon English.
The Internet developed from what was originally a project of the U.S.
military. What might have had the greatest secrecy is instead the open
carrier of international communication... Democracy and the melting pot
led to the information explosion.
Where will it all take us? Unless our internal differences divide us,
there will be more networks and shared information, more cooperation and
Yoseif ruled with authority and secrecy, which gave way to communication
and unification. The conflict between the brothers ceased, love and union
Events in the Torah foreshadow the grand schemes of history. The struggles
between the brothers emerge generations later, in the struggles between the
governments of Yisrael (the Ten Tribes) and Yehudah.
Yehudah's show of love for Binyomin forged the unity of the brothers in the
Torah. This, too, foreshadows future events: Dovid's sparing of Shimi Ben
Geira allows for the emergence of Mordechai and Esther. Dovid came from
Yehudah, Shimi Ben Geira, ancestor of Mordechai and Esther -- came from
Binyomin. The greatest unification of the Jews occurred in Persia, under
the influence of Mordechai and Esther.
Although in their own land, the Jews often fragmentize, in Egypt and
Persia, the Jews formed networks and alliances, and survived. They had a
common language -- the language of the Torah.
Rabbi Yaakov Bernstein
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Spring Valley, NY 10977
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