My husband recently purchased a few Alexas from Amazon for our home. He placed them strategically around the house: In the bedrooms, kitchen, den, etc. In all honesty, they were so convenient and easy to use and especially to play music off the Jewish streaming sites. I had them for a few days until the following happened:
“We spend thousands and thousands of dollars annually on our children’s Chinuch, on educating our next generation to be good G-d fearing Torah Jews, and a $30 Alexa can reverse so much of that effort.”
I was upstairs folding some laundry and I heard the music playing from downstairs. I didn’t recognize what was playing. When I passed by the stairs at one point, I recoiled in horror. The music playing from downstairs was from a secular singer and the content of the song was not exactly to standards of anything that I – or anyone – would ever want in their home. Furthermore, when I ran downstairs to turn it off, I found my 7-year-old son standing there listening to the music. Seeing my facial expression, he turned to me and said, “I told Alexa to play music and she listened.”
I was horrified at the simplicity in “going secular.”
We spend thousands and thousands of dollars annually on our children’s Chinuch, on educating our next generation to be good G-d fearing Torah Jews, and a $30 Alexa can reverse so much of that effort.
In short: If you have an Alexa, now is the time to make the move. Throw them out!
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