YWN EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Gedolim Shlita Speak Out Against Internet


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[YWN VIDEO LINK BELOW] Rabbonim Shlita were on hand on Sunday evening in the Ramat Elchanan Auditorium in Bnei Brak addressing the heads of mosdos on the threats facing the Torah community as a direct result of internet.

Over recent months, leading rabbonim have come out in an unprecedented vocal opposition, adopting an unyielding position, instructing principals to probe the homes of talmidim and those families unwilling to comply, may find themselves outside of the school walls.

The rabbonim have made progress regarding the reality that for some, internet connectivity is a matter of earning a livelihood, instruction parents to ask a rav as one would ask regarding other matters of halacha.

Those receiving a heter must understand they must have the connectivity via a filtering system, that blocks unwanted sites and only sites absolutely necessary for earning a living should be accessible.

Additionaly, one of the Gedolim speaking stated that the new rules apply for Eretz Yisroel and not for America.

Including the Rabbonim present were: Gedoleiy Rabbonim Shlita: R’ Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz, R’ Aron Leib Shteinman, R’ Shmuel Halevi Wosner, R’ Chaim Kanievsky, Gerrer Rebbe, Boyaner Rebbe, Sanzer Rebbe, Belzer Rebbe, R’ Yisroel Hager of Viznits, and reading a letter in the name of Maran Hagon Rav Elyashiv Shlita was R’ Yosef Efrati.

Exclusive video for YWN Israel by Yonosan Shapiro: http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/video_viewer.php?clip=GTvomJzJofE&player=y

(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)


  1. I am hopeful the acknowledgment of the need for filtering leads to an effort to expand the capabilities of these filters to protect our children and those adult who need protection.

    The bottom line is every Parnassah in world today requires some use of the internet whether for problem research, to order parts for a job or simply for training for a parnassah.

    I am pleased that the Gedolim Shlita have taken this first step towards a more realistic policy that can be adopted by all Yidden regardless of their backgrounds.

  2. this once small group has become the majority in the world of torah observant jews.
    in the age of the enlightenment, they refused to deal with certain concepts that we have all accepted by this time, and sadly, they moved to destroy any secular education in the process.

  3. The headline, and I suspect the rabbanim, are clearly using the word “internet” incorrectly. They are objecting to use of the global communications system (which at present is one and the same as the internet) in specific ways. These criticisms are legitimate (pornography, spreading loshon hora, annonymous defamation on frum sites, etc.).

    They do recognize that the internet (meaning the telecommunications network) is necesary for many purposes. Look at their example. They continue to use the internet in two of the most common functions – for voice communications (which in the 20th century was telephone, until the telephone system got swallowed by the internet application it spawned) and for conveying electronic funds (basically, any financial transaction not limited to currency, coin or specie).

    If the rabbanim wanted everyone to sign off the internet totally (similar to some goyim who reject all modern technology), they would themselves stop using telephones and stop using banks (and would set up alternative methods of communications and finance involving non-internet based systems). Since they have not done so, we can assume they are objecting to the undeniably foul aspects of the internet, which isn’t a hiddush.

  4. Its not the Internet they are against,its the shmutz. Otherwise the couldnt use the phone. And YWN dosnt hold of this ban otherwise u couldnt read this, HELLOOOOOOOOOOO?

  5. If you would listen to what the Gedolim said it was not a unconditional ban rather it was that those who need it must have adequet filters in place.
    Why is that not something that is possible?
    And why is it that when those who have to deal with the churban of the internet come and warn people of iot m’chutzafim accuse them of being in the Dark Ages?