David Mandel
Chief Executive Officer, OHEL Children's Home and Family Services

And G-D Created Google on the Sixth Day and Then He Had Regrets

In a few short weeks, Jews the world over will once again begin the annual cycle of the weekly reading of the Torah portion from The Five Books of Moses.

The very first reading in Genesis takes us through Creation culminating on the sixth day with the creation of Man and Woman, Adam and Eve.

Amongst the non-atheists of the world, little is debated about the source of Creation.

It is G-d!

Various religions may ascribe the Creation to a millennia of six thousand years, to many millions of years. But no Believer disputes that G-d is the Omnipotent King.

So why are Google, Amazon, Facebook and other social media closing in on having more followers than G-d?

Many religious people including secularists believe that religion is elastic. That is, what was transmitted by G-d to Moses on Mount Sinai can be reinterpreted to adapt to modern day issues. It is a great debate within each of the world’s major practiced religions.

For as this issue is esoteric for some, for many untold others, it is life itself. Belief in G-d is constant. There is no elasticity to the day or to the issue.

What is Google’s or Facebook power source? A platform of bits and bytes, grids and waves, a plug and an outlet.

Seemingly these new alphabets that manage, if not control, our daily routines are man-made. Waze drives us, Amazon shops us, Google defines us, Facebook socializes us, YouTube entertains us, online deposits us.

Every now and then, events such as Irma, Harvey, Maria and Jose remind Google that its power source is G-d. The devastation wrought on the Caribbean Islands and Puerto Rico requires Man to rely and help each other. Man is restoring electricity, not Facebook. Man and machinery is searching and pulling survivors from the earthquake in Mexico, not Instagram.

Man is consoling and providing Trauma counseling to victims whose property and valuables are devastated by raging floods and uncontrolled winds.

And who does Man and Woman turn to in prayer for solace, for support, for guidance. They turn to each other and to G-d.

Twitter, an inanimate object as is all technology, could have been created on the third day, the same as the stones. Twitter, as stones and all technology does not think, does not have a crisis. All Twitter noises are man-made.

Social media may have taken the world by storm. But G-d’s storms immobilized social media knocking down power lines, cell towers and grids, reminding it, and we users, of its still infinitesimal creation.

Technology IPO’s are issued, split, rise and fall even live in their own Class A ego.

At the end of the day G-d still has more followers.

This time next year the first chapter in the Book of Genesis on the Creation of the world will be read again. And the year after and after and after.

It remains to be seen which Twitter will still be streaming on a vine next year and after.

About the Author
David Mandel is CEO of Ohel Children's Home and Family Services. For more than 50 years, Ohel has provided a safe haven for those suffering in the community. Ohel cares for more than 17,000 individuals in the New York metropolitan area and across all communities offering a broad range of mental health services including outpatient counseling, trauma, anxiety, eldercare, respite and housing.