HaRav Kanievsky: No Writing Chidushei Torah Using Computer Without Internet Blocking
By Yechiel Sever
HaRav Chaim Kanievsky shlita issued a ruling this week that "the use of a computer that is not blocked in accordance with the directives, and one who writes chidushei Torah on a computer that is not severed and blocked in this manner from the Internet is engaging in a `mitzvah habo'oh be'aveiroh,'" he said during a special gathering at his home to discuss the issue.
At the event representatives were on hand from the Rabbinical Committee for Communications Affairs and the directorship of the National Gemach for Internet Disconnection, which were given blessings by HaRav Kanievsky for their important work.
The National Gemach for Internet Disconnection was started following the publication during Aseres Yemei Teshuvoh of a letter signed by HaRav Yosef Sholom Eliashiv, HaRav Shmuel Halevi Wosner and HaRav Nissim Karelitz. "Today seemingly innocuous computers (both laptop and desktop) used to write chidushei Torah, etc., that can connect to the Internet (via a wired, wireless or cellular network connection) are very commonplace, and having such an implement in one's possession is prohibited, until it is blocked or severed from any means of connecting or accessing the Internet," read the letter. "And for those who were granted permission by the rabbonim to use a computer to earn a livelihood, there is no permission granted to use it when the Internet is not properly blocked from prohibited matters and prohibited sights."