Thousands of Women from all over France Gather for a Chizuk Rally Protesting Internet Dangers
By Yechiel Sever
This past Sunday evening witnessed the impressive attendance of thousands of women from all over France in an arousal assembly to warn the public against the devastating influence of the Internet, which has ensnared many a victim in its clutches. The rally protested the French government's intention to forcibly install Internet in all homes so that students can do their homework through access to it. The massive gathering, which has been many weeks in the planning, took place in a huge auditorium in Paris and was broadcast live to all Jewish communities throughout France: Marseilles, Strasburg and other cities, and it could also be heard directly in Israel through Kol Halashon.
The keynote address was a moving speech by HaRav Aharon Leib Shteinman shown as a video presentation in which a delegation of prestigious rabbonim visited HaRav Shteinman in his home, among them HaRav Mordechai Bunim Zilberberg, Rav of Shikun Hey in Bnei Brak and his distinguished disciples. They outlined the size of the battle being waged at this time in France to arrest the widespread use of Internet and its disastrous effects upon the Jewish population in France in particular. People are simply unaware of its tremendous danger. The rally was intended to also appeal to the French government not to force the introduction of Internet into private homes.