Rabbonim Want Information Screens Removed from Egged Buses

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The screens at the front of Egged buses traveling from one city to another have become the target of rabbonim, who feel that they should be removed since they display inappropriate content. The screens usually display time and inform passengers of the expected time of arrival at their destination. The Vaad Mishmeres Kodesh however objects to the ads that appear on the screens between information broadcasts, leading to a demand that the bus cooperative remove them. It should be pointed out that the screens are usually on buses serving primarily non-frum routes, such as in Herzliya and areas of Tel Aviv.

It appears the decision of the vaad was made about two months but HaGaon HaRav Aaron Leib Shteinman Shlita and HaGaon HaRav Yochanan Silman Shlita objected to the move, recommending compromise and avoiding a “head-on” conflict, Kikar reports.

Prominent attorney Yaakov Weinrot was also involved, probing the legal aspect of the case for askanim. Weinrot told them the move would not stand the test of a petition to the High Court of Justice. Weinrot also warned them they are feeding the agenda of the new Shinui Party and its anti-religious agenda.

To date however, the askanim appear to be unwilling to accept the advice of Weinrot or the recommendation of gedolei yisrael shlita.

(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)


8 COMMENTS

  1. There are so many other inappropriate things that go on in Israel sadly to say. The Rabbonim can’t complain about everything. Why did they specifically choose this?

  2. Your headline needs to be changed. To a Ben Torah, someone who listens to Gedolei Yisroel, when one sees your headline of “Rabbonim…”, one automaticlly assumes that they are correct. But if you read the artcile, (and you need to read more than the first paragraph), you will see that the Gedolie Yisroel, who we live our lives by, don’t agree with these so called “Rabbonim”. Who are these “Rabbonim”? In the end of your article, you also dont call them “Rabbonim” but rather “Askanim”.

  3. I do not know why they chose specifically this to oppose among all the other untznius things.

    My guess is that perhaps they have decided that since the busses already have had separate seating, it would be counter productive to promote and support the separate seating while still having the ad displayed which defats the purpose of the separate seating, to some extent.

    I could be wrong, but that is my best guess.

  4. #1- probably because it’s so accessible to all, and it’s not like you’re going there, it’s coming to you. What I don’t understand is why don’t they just demand the removal of inappropriate ads? Why the screens altogether?

  5. Why can’t people (with the exception of #2)
    read the whole article before commenting?

    “…..but HaGaon HaRav Aaron Leib Shteinman Shlita and HaGaon HaRav Yochanan Silman Shlita objected to the move, recommending compromise and avoiding a “head-on” conflict, Kikar reports….

    “Objects” means that they are NOT going along with this mishugas!

  6. The thing I don’t get is that askanim are always trying to get the Gedolei Hador to agree with them so they have credibility with the masses. But if they don’t follow the recommendations Gedolei Hador, what right do they have to tell us to?!

    #1 – Guess you have to start somewhere.

  7. Which “rabbonim” are making these mishuganah demands? No REAL Rav’s name is mentioned except in opposition to this nonsense.
    Egged (and Dan) are secular companies, if you don’t like what they do find other means of transportation.