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19 26 Elul 5772 - September 13, 2012 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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"The Frightful Destroyer, Internet, Is the Sitra Achara's most Potent Weapon in Uprooting Everything"

By Yechiel Sever

Dozens of roshei yeshiva, community rabbonim, Torah disseminators and poskim from all over the country reverently gathered in the home of HaRav Chaim Kanievsky for an emergency meeting in the battle of survival for the souls of Jewry, to eradicate the scourge of Internet which has entrapped so many, thus declaring an all-out war like in times of shmad, pursuant to the determination of all our Torah leadership as Internet being the greatest threat to our people since the time of Creation.

The meeting was opened by the moving words of HaRav Yaakov Meir Sonnenfeld, rav of Rechasim, who cried out from the depths of his heart regarding the heavy battle confronting our rabbonim, guided therein by our top Torah leadership.

"One must realize that the devastation called Internet is comparable to a disastrous fire raging throughout the world, gaining momentum to unbelievable proportions within our own camp, threatening to uproot everything.

"Such a threat has apparently not faced us since Creation, neither in scope or size, attacking whoever has been exposed, even incidentally, to this Destroyer. HaRav Eliashiv already came out vehemently against it, declaring that since Creation, no destructive weapon as awful as this was invented.

"I will mention just one example out of many. I know of an older talmid chochom, who was already marrying off his children, an author of seforim, who used a computer to prepare his seforim. One night his wife entered the room where he learned and she was shocked to see what he was engaged with. Now they are about to get divorced, because he cannot arise out of the deep pit into which he had fallen, Rachmono litzlan.

"In order to understand the significance of this terrible trial, let us preface with what R' Eliyahu Lopian revealed some fifty years ago. He said that towards the end of days, a dreadful war will take place between the powers of evil and the powers of kedushoh. He likened the struggle to two powers which have been at loggerheads for many years, always keeping some of their weaponry in reserve for future battles. But when the last, most decisive confrontation is at hand, each side will deploy all of its armaments, since the victory will be final.

"This is the present situation: the final clash between the powers of evil vs. those of holiness. When the final, decisive confrontation is at hand, each side will use every possible weapon in its arsenal in order to win this war."

At the end of the kenes it was decided:

1] The rabbonim will work with determination in their communities to get rid of the danger of the unblocked Internet, iPhones and the like.

2] As Maranan Verabonon shlita have said, during the Yomim Noraim and especially on Shabbos Shuvoh, the rabbonim will speak about the seriousness of the matter and the importance of keeping to the safeguards.

3] After the chagim, there will be a Yom Iyun for the community rabbonim in the Holy Land, for extended discussion about how to proceed.


The activists involved with this issue are organizing visits to the various gedolei Torah for their blessings in this intensive battle, declared a fight for survival, visits designed to increase general awareness to persevere and to accelerate activity on all fronts.

As reported last week in Yated Ne'eman, during this very period, principals of chadorim are circulating letters to the parents on means of caution and heightened awareness among their children against the dangers of modern technology.

In a letter sent by the directive of gedolei Yisroel, the principals state with pain, "As is known, many who have allowed leniency for themselves are now suffering the consequences, as numerous illustrious families have been totally destroyed, rendering their children virtual orphans to living parents, and as has already been written in the past by the farsighted HaRav Yosef Shalom Eliashiv, and ylct"a HaRav Aharon Leib Shteinman, `It is obvious that one must not allow into our schools the children of families who do not adhere to the rabbonim with regard to Internet.'"


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