Vishnitzer Rebbe: Get Off of WhatsApp!


'               (1)In a Motzei Shavuos talk with chassidim, the Vishnitzer Rebbe Shlita spoke out about using WhatsApp and Telegram and the need to cut oneself off from the mobile apps.

In the Vishnitz tisch ending the yomtov, the rebbe spoke out in no uncertain terms against the prohibitions of using these programs. The tisch was attended by thousands of chassidim in Bnei Brak.

Many chassidim spent the two day Shabbos/Shavuos weekend in the presence of the rebbe and were attending the motzei yomtov tisch. “The family is destroyed not just because of an iPhone but due to the use of these programs, WhatsApp and Telegram,” the rebbe stated.

It is reported that many chassidim that were using the programs mentioned disconnected themselves immediately in light of the rebbe’s words.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)


  1. I very much doubt many Vishnitzer chassidim would have the chutzpah to be sitting at the Rebbe’s tisch texting on their cellphones using these apps which the rebbe assured or any other apps on yom tov.

  2. Gadolhadorah: I think you’ve taken it a bit too literally. “Immediately” probably does not mean on the spot in front of the rebbe.

  3. I had never even heard of “Telegram” until reading this article. The Viznitzer Rebbe is really up-to-date.
    (I have now downloaded the App; seems wonderful.

  4. To all of you above with your ‘cute’ comments, you are acting as if it bothers you so much what the rebbe has said! yes, indeed, it is true that whatsapp is taking us away and he is totally true and telegram is a copy of whatsapp which became very famous lately. next time just stay quite and dont post your silly comments