The Text Me Book

I’m so pleased to announce the impending publication of my new book, Text Me: Ancient Jewish Wisdom Meets Contemporary Technology. Written with my colleague, Brian Amkraut, Text Me is an ideal companion for individual or group exploration into the complex intersection of modern digital life and Jewish/humanistic religious values.

– Rabbi Jeffrey Schein

A special 30% discount is available now through November 30, 2019, when you order directly through the publisher, Hamilton Press. Download this flier for your discount code and ordering instructions.

Critical Acclaim

“Finally, we have a resource that meets the needs of spiritual leaders and educators living in the digital age. In Jeffrey Schein’s book, Text Me: Ancient Jewish Wisdom Meets Con- temporary Technology, they will find theory, experience, and practice distilled into usable wisdom. What makes this book so critical is that it fills a void that is only getting larger. And with its real-life stories, it’s an engaging and instructive read for which rabbis and religious educators of all faiths will want to make time.”

– HAYIM HERRING, author, organizational consultant, and educational futurist

“Schein’s book offers religious leaders a resource for critically engaging the changes taking place in a thoughtful and practical way, exploring in depth particular aspects of technology and resources of his own faith traditions. While written primarily for a Jew- ish audience, the insights and understandings of each of the chapters provide insights Christian and Islamic religious leaders can reflect on, as well as a model of interdisciplin- ary engagement other faith traditions could reproduce within their own sacred texts and writings.”

– TERRI ELTON, associate professor of leadership, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN

Public Appearances


February 13, 2020, Forsyth Chabad Center, Atlanta , GA

  • Book Talk and Signing, 7:30pm

February 14, 2020, Beit Haverim Reconstructionist Congregation, Atlanta , GA

  • Book Talk and Signing, 7:30pm

February 16, 2020, Chabad of Sandy Springs, GA

  • Book Talk and Signing, 1:00pm

February 24,  Presentations on the Theoretical and Practical Dimensions of Text Me: Ancient Jewish Wisdom Meets Contemporary Technology at the coference of Covenant Project Directors, New York

February 20, 27, and March 5  Digital Book Club with Readers from Three Twin City Congregations, the Hineini adult learning institute of the Talmud Torah of St. Paul, and associates of the Kaplan Center for Jewish Peoplehood

March 3,   A Boker Iyun (morning of study) with the Minnesota Rabbinical Assocition, Topic:  The Need for a New “Bucket of Ethical Obligation in Judaism, Between a Person and Her Tools

March 12,  Book Club with Reconstructionist Educators of North America

March 15-18  Presentations at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association Conference in San Juan Puerto Rico


Can’t Be at any of These Presentations?  No Worries. 

If you can’t get to any of these events , technology is a nes gadol, a great miracle.  Here is a link to an interview for a Chicago based television between Rabbi Jeffrey Schein and Rabbi Doug Zelden about the book.

The interview reprises the main themes of Text Me: Ancient Jewish Wisdom Meets Contemporary Technology you might have heard in person.  

The link is below