A kenos to address threats from today’s technology was held on Monday evening 1 Iyar in the Gur Chassidus. 7,000 chassidim participated in the event in the Gerrer Beis Medrash including the Gerrer Rebbe Shlita.
The rebbe gave his bracha to participants and spoke of technology and those using approved devices after receiving a special dispensation. The main address was delivered by HaGaon Rav Meir Pilsker, one of the Roshei Yeshiva Chidushei HaRim, who spoke in no uncertain terms about ‘kedushas habayis’ and the absolute prohibition to bring technological devices into one’s home other than those with a heter for purposes of earning a livelihood.
Rav Nachman Gutterman detailed the threats posed by today’s technology and that “chareidi Jews must stay away from WhatsApp”. The only exception to this is communicating on WhatsApp with a non-Jew, or non-chareidi Jews towards earning a livelihood only.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)