Forms Station Created in Modi'in Illit to Provide Vital Government Services
by Yechiel Sever
"This is a tremendous public benefit, a tikkun godol," were the words of HaRav Shteinman, congratulating Rabbi Yaakov Guterman, Mayor of Modi'in Illit, and the representatives of "The Center for Protection Against Technological Hazards" in response to his enabling the residents of the city to receive necessary government forms without having to resort to access to Internet. This will surely avert spiritual stumbling blocks.
The Prime Minister's office and the Ministry of the Treasury have long since launched a website called Online Government Forms for the average citizen, thus circumventing much bureaucracy in filling out necessary forms, entailing traveling to the different offices and standing in endless lines. This service, however, could have constituted a serious public danger since it requires accessing the Internet, which the chareidi public refuses to do, per rabbinical sanctions.
About a year and a half ago, the mayor of Kiryat Sefer, Rabbi Yaakov Guterman, approached the director of the Online Government Forms project of the offices of the Prime Minister and the Treasury, Carmela Avner, seeking to enable the chareidi public to avail itself of this service and receive official government forms without the hassle or the hazard, by establishing a municipal station accessible to all the residents and under rabbinical supervision. The new facility in Modi'in Illit brings the concept to fruition.