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Cell Phone Ban for Yeshiva Students
by Betzalel Kahn

Maranan verabonon the gedolei Yisroel and the roshei yeshiva in Eretz Hakodesh, have determined that yeshiva students must not be in possession of cellular phones. "Such phones damage the spiritual edifice of the ben yeshiva and constitute pitfalls for those who possess them, Hashem yeracheim," said maranan verabonon.

Roshei yeshiva, mashgichim and maggidei shiur have been cautioning for a long time about the ever-growing phenomenon of the use of cellular telephones within the yeshivos hakedoshos, noting their negative side- effects as a detriment to the bnei Torah's commitment to Torah study and spiritual progress. Right after Pesach a gathering was held with maranan verabonon the gedolei Yisroel and roshei yeshiva from all over the country. At the meeting, the issue was discussed at length. It was decided that yeshiva students should not be in possession of cellular telephones, due to the spiritual damage they inflict.

The appeal of maranan verabonon and the roshei yeshiva states, "Our very own eyes -- not those of strangers -- have seen that cellular telephones in the possession of bnei yeshiva are very detrimental to their progress in Torah and yiras Shomayim. In addition, they totally negate the essence of the yeshiva, severely hamper the spiritual edifice of the ben yeshiva and pose unseen dangers, Hashem yeracheim.

"Consequently, the roshei yeshivos, headed by maranan verabonon the gedolei haTorah have met to discuss this issue, and have decided that yeshiva students must not be in possession of this device.

"We are turning to you with a heartfelt appeal: do not stumble, because this issue is at the core of your spiritual growth. Do not let the mal'och hamashchis encroach upon your spiritual domain.

"On the merit [of your heeding our directives] Hashem Yisborach will send a spirit of purity from Above, and grant you the siyata deShmaya to grow in Torah and yiras Shomayim.

"The yeshivos, on their part, will try to install more public telephones and to find an appropriate way to enable students to easily communicate with their parents."

The roshei yeshiva and mashgichim said that they are confident that the bnei Torah will accept this restriction, because their mentors' sole purpose is to guarantee the spiritual progress of bnei Torah and to enable them to take advantage of their youth for growth in Torah and devotion of all of their energies to Torah and avodas Hashem without any external distractions.


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