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Guarding Our Neighborhoods:
A Call by Local Rabbonim in Light of Remarks by Gedolei Yisroel

In a letter published in Iyar 5771 (May 2011), maranan gedolei Yisroel shlita wrote against the various weeklies: "All of the weeklies and the free publications, including Mishpacha, skew and distort the proper Torah worldview we received from our rabbonim, and newspapers of this sort should definitely not be brought into one's home or assisted in any way. Clearly this type of newspaper cannot be granted any sort of rabbinical approval."

And now we have heard that unfortunately the weekly Mishpacha is publishing another weekly, to be distributed free, that will increase its dangerous influence.

Maran HaRav Yosef Sholom Eliashiv shlita has let known his opinion that we must stand guard not to allow these newspapers to enter our areas. He reiterated his instructions not to cooperate with them in any manner, and that by doing so one becomes a partner to a transgression, and certainly they cannot be granted any hechsher approval under any name, since they distort proper values and views, and inevitably stumbling blocks will emerge, whose ramifications cannot be foreseen.

(The above was shown to Maran HaRav Yosef Sholom Eliashiv shlita.)

Therefore we encourage every individual to remove this grave hazard from our neighborhoods.

Ezriel Auerbach

Rav of Kehillas Chanichei Yeshivos, Bayit Vegan

Shlomo Zalman Ulman

Rav of Mishkenos Yaakov neighborhood, Bnei Brak

Shlomo Zalman Ulman

Motz in the Beis Din of HaRav Shmuel Wosner, rov of Modi'in Illit

Mordechai Gross

Gavad of Chanichei Yeshivos

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Yisroel Gans

Rav in Mattersdorf, Yerushalayim

Eliezer HaLevi Dunner

Rav of Adas Yisroel in Eretz Yisroel

Tzvi Weber

Rav of Neve Yaakov, Yerushalayim

Yitzchok Zilberstein

Rav of Ramat Elchonon, Bnei Brak

Nachum Eisenstein

Rav of Maalot Dafna, Yerushalayim

Mordechai Goldstein

Rav of Mishkenos Yaakov, Rama 1, Beit Shemesh

Dovid Twersky

Rav of Chassidei Rachmastrivka, Yerushalayim

Avrohom Yitzchok Hacohen Rubin

Rav of the Chareidi Community of Rechovot

Yisroel Aryeh Shulman

Rav of Kiryat Yearim, Telshe Stone

Tzvi Charlene

Rav of Ramat Eshkol, Yerushalayim

Tzvi Schreiber

Rav of Chassidei Boyan, Yerushalayim

Note: We have listed 15 of the 56 signatories. The rest are visible in the Hebrew original.

ADDITION: I personally heard from HaRav Eliashiv shlita that the above remarks refer also to the English language edition of Mishpachah. (signed) Nochum Eisenstein

The above remarks apply to all of the weeklies and free publications, as noted in the letter by gedolei Yisroel.


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