Reader Submitted: Why I Got Rid Of My Alexas & You should too

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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!

Chani L.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Instead of being so drastic, let’s look into ways to put a “filter” on the Alexa.

    Drastic moves like, getting rid of all… or assuring all… is not practical.

    If anyone knows of a way to filter Alexa please share it here in the comments.

  2. “Drastic moves like, getting rid of all… or assuring all… is not practical“

    Who is talking about banning?
    We are talking about having a drop of sechel and being proactive rather than waking up a decade down the road and wondering why are your kids are really messed up. Is it really that crucial to have Alexa? Let’s say it’s a 1 in 20 chance your kids are exposed to inappropriate stuff. Is it worth that chance?

  3. @sm12
    I ran into the same problem and I looked for a way to filter it, I couldn’t figure out a way to do so. So I decided not to use it at all even though the device I bought was a loss of a $130 dollars, I figured it wasn’t worth the risk. But of you know s way to filter it please share it me, I’d appreciate it.

  4. Chani,
    I’m assuming your 7 year old is your oldest.
    It’s basic lack of parental experience.
    Hatzloche with your brood, you definitely seem to know how to learn from experience.

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