What if Moses had Facebook?
NEW YORK, April 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- That's the question being answered in "Google Exodus," a new 2-minute film on Aish.com that uses 21st century Internet tools to tell the Passover story: Moses sends emails to Pharaoh ([email protected]), chats with God via Skype, purchases plague materials at Amazon.com, and uses Twitter to announce the Exodus.
And now "Google Exodus" is going viral too. Within just one week of going live, the film has already registered over 1 million views and over 63,000 "likes" on Facebook. In fact, this week "Google Exodus" ranks 4th place on the Guardian UK's "Viral Video Chart."
"With Passover coming up, this film is a fun way to reach people who might otherwise not be interested," says Rabbi Shraga Simmons, senior editor of Aish.com. "'Google Exodus' enables us to communicate Jewish values in a language that everyone can understand. And the cool thing is that it is spreading via the same web tools featured in the video."
"Google Exodus" is filled with subtleties and surprise. Moses uses Google Translate to say "Let my people go" in Egyptian. He uploads an amazing video of the plague of locusts to YouTube. And using Google Maps, the film switches to "street view" to show the miraculous Red Sea splitting.
"Judaism is as relevant today as it was 3,300 years ago when Moses led the Jews out of Egypt. Yet there's a perception that Judaism is somehow antiquated," says Simmons. "Telling the Exodus story through the medium of the Internet helps break that misconception."
"Google Exodus" is also available, on Aish.com's sister sites, in Hebrew and Spanish.
Aish.com is a leading Jewish website, with millions of monthly visits and 300,000 email subscribers. Aish.com is a division of Aish HaTorah, the Jerusalem-based educational center with branches in dozens of cities on five continents.
Media contact: Maria Sliwa, M. Sliwa Public Relations, 973-272-2861, 212-202-4453, [email protected]