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E-Mail 'Nagger' Helps You Keep Rosh Hashannah Vows

A group of rabbis have devised a new e-mail alert service aimed at reminding people to keep their Rosh Hashannah resolutions.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 9/19/2012, 1:25 PM

Apples and honey
Apples and honey
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A group of rabbis from Crown Heights have devised a new e-mail alert service aimed at reminding people to keep their Rosh Hashannah resolutions.

“[It] can nag you once a day. It can nag you weekly, monthly, but it rests on Shabbat,” Rabbi Motti Seligson, 30, said of the Resolution Solution, which he created with a team of tech-savvy rabbis, according to The New York Daily News.

More than 1,000 users have already signed up on the Chabad website since the project launched last week.

The alert system takes aim at a “3,000-year-old Jewish problem with resolutions,” said Rabbi Seligson of Chabad.org, a website about Jewish culture operated by the Chabad Lubavitch Media Center.

“It is hard to keep your resolution and go all the way,” he said, according to the Daily News. “Most people do it for a week or two.”

Daniel Nottes, 28, signed up last week, asking for frequent reminders about his resolution to use his gym membership four times a week.

“It’s like a virtual Jewish mother,” said Daniel Nottes, 28, who signed up for the service last week. “Jewish mothers aren’t annoying. They are persistent. They keep you in check.”