At a special meeting held on motzei Shabbos 19 Kislev,
the rabbonim of Jerusalem's Har Nof neighborhood decided to
wage an all-out battle against the trend of supposedly
"approved" videos, due to the their highly negative influence
on both youngsters and adults viewing them.
At the meeting, attended by Har Nof rabbonim from all
circles, prominent activists testified to the damage these
films have wreaked on many families. The activists told the
rabbonim about shocking incidents which were the direct
outcome of viewing such films, and noted that youth are
particularly vulnerable to their destructive influence. They
said that these films contain indecent sights and violence
and are not censored in a responsible manner.
The rabbonim summoned a resident of the neighborhood who
rents such films and demanded an immediate halt to his
activities, despite the financial damage which he is liable
to incur. The activists felt that the unusual summons was
necessary because all of their pleas had until then fallen
upon deaf ears.
At the meeting, the rabbonim made it clear that
advertisements about "censored video tapes" are totally
untrue, since even after these films are supposedly censored,
they still corrupt the soul and cause great spiritual damage.
In their decision, they asked Jerusalem's rabbonim in all
neighborhoods to join the battle against renting of these
films and to wipe out this destructive scourge from the
chareidi neighborhoods. They warned parents to make sure that
their children do not rent or otherwise secure such
"censored" films, which cause serious stumbling blocks and
defile the soul, Rachmono litzlan.