Jewish Journal


June 16, 2009

A healthy diet of Koogle


I’ve never been a big fan of kugel, and I don’t see myself having much need for Koogle, the new kosher way to search the Web:

Yossi Altman developed the tool, which omits religiously objectionable material, and has gained approval from Orthodox rabbis.

The search engine links to Israeli news and shopping sites but the results are filtered to exclude items deemed unsuitable.

“This is a kosher alternative for ultra-Orthodox Jews so that they may surf the Internet,” Yossi Altman told Reuters, Jerusalem.

“The site was developed in part at the encouragement of rabbis who sought a solution to the needs of ultra-Orthodox Jews to browse the Web particularly for vital services,” he added.

Nothing can be posted on Saturdays, the Jewish Sabbath, as Jews are banned from all types of work and business activity. If Koogle users attempt to search for an item or post a message on the Sabbath, it crashes and won’t let you.

Got to admit that I’m a lot more jazzed about the launch tonight of Tweetdeck for my iPhone, which, I must admit, I use seven days a week.

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