Once again, Gedolei Yisrael Shlita are calling on the tzibur to distance itself from the internet, warning against the dangers to a Jewish home from the internet. In an sharply worded letter, one being described as “unprecedented” by the daily HaMevaser, HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita states the internet is in the category of ‘yahereg v’al ya’avor’, stating the internet must be avoided at all costs.
The Rav is quoted as adding that while the induction of females into the IDF is also in the category of ‘yehereg v’al ya’avor’, the internet is far more serious today. Rav Kanievsky is quoted by HaMevaser as saying that there is no excuse to permit the internet for those claiming it is essential for a livelihood since rabbonim have already ruled the threats that are associated with the internet are simply too great and one must simply distance oneself from it.
The report adds that even after filtering has been installed, there is no heter for internet in one’s home, even for a livelihood, warning one who brings internet into one’s home brings the yetzer hora into the home.
NOTE: YWN has not seen this letter, and is simply quoting a repor in the Hamevaser.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)