December 28, 2011 3:45 am at 3:45 am #601345JotharMember
The Lifelines article in the mishpacha this week featured YWN. It was about a guy and his internet addiction, and it mentioned ywn as a site he would visit. He gave up the internet and his life improved greatly.
The moral- use ywn and the CR responsibly!December 28, 2011 3:54 am at 3:54 am #840564yitayningwutParticipant
It definitely isn’t about me…December 28, 2011 4:55 am at 4:55 am #840565John DoeMemberDecember 28, 2011 4:35 pm at 4:35 pm #840566JotharMember
So what hasn’t been put in cheirem? There were plenty of gedolim who did not support the cheirem. Either way, the story was in there.December 28, 2011 5:19 pm at 5:19 pm #840567BTGuyParticipant
I guess the moral of this particular story is give up the internet. Using it wisely, is still using it; addicted or not.
But the point is well made. I saw an interesting billboard sign near Philadelphia. It had to the left someone holding a smart phone with a picture of a small, green frog. On the right of the billboard was a child’s actual hand holding a real, small, green frog.
The message was that life is worth living in reality and not virtually. Kids these days are all into gadgets. Guitar hero is not really learning the guitar. Madden Football is not really learning to play the sport and staying fit, really catching a winning pass or dodging a tackler, making a tackle or tagging smomeone out, or experiencing the excitement of playing with friends and winning or trying to win…etc.December 28, 2011 9:29 pm at 9:29 pm #840568
Was a great article. Shows how dangerous the web is even for those of us who are very careful with filters. If a top bachur can be affected this way, kal vechomer the rest of us random JoesDecember 30, 2011 4:53 pm at 4:53 pm #84056910952Participant
From today’s news: Rav Eliashiv bans Mishpacha Magazine
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Is this only regarding the Israeli version or also the US version?January 1, 2012 9:35 am at 9:35 am #840571
It seems from the comments in the news story on the main page that the ban was for the Israeli newspaper, not the American magazine. Ayin sham.January 1, 2012 2:30 pm at 2:30 pm #840572artchillParticipant
Same editor for both. There is no Vaad Horabbonim and many articles distort hashkafah. It’s sad because they had a good thing going for quite a while.January 1, 2012 2:47 pm at 2:47 pm #840573yaakov doeParticipant
So if I give up YWN, my life will improve greatly?January 1, 2012 8:15 pm at 8:15 pm #840574Yoni the yogiMember
Satmar in Williamsburg put a sign banning Mishpacha Bina and Hamodia. I don’t know why. But I agree that Zman is a outstanding magazine. It is the only jewish publication that we buy. The rest is just propaganda and i’m no more a Communist for a long time.January 2, 2012 1:18 am at 1:18 am #840576
Next they will ban YWN. What will be left? As the article referenced in this thread pointed out, there is danger even in the appropriate web sites. Magazines are the same issue. How many Bnei Torah waste time reading Yated and Mishpacha when they could be learning or spending time with their families? But blanket bans will just make things worse. People need outlets. Some people feel the need to know what is going on in the world, that is their outlet and it is in general a Kosher one. But at the same time we need to use seichel and understand that spending too much time with this stuff is not healthy. We also have to realize that not everything written in these magazines and blogs is Torah MiSinai. As R’ Shmuel Kaminetzky said with regards to Internet/texting/smartphone bans, it won’t work for the hamon am, the Rabbonim need to work with it, not against it.
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