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2 Marcheshvan 5773 - October 18, 2012 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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"All Rabbonim Must Warn the Public to Be On Guard, Since it is Fire!"

by Yechiel Sever

Over one hundred rabbonim from communities throughout Israel gathered this past Monday to the "Conference of Community Rabbonim" headed by gedolei Yisroel and led by HaRav Aharon Leib Shteinman and HaRav Nissim Karelitz to formulate a operational plan of protection for the chareidi camp against the devastating threat of technological advances, the foremost being Internet, iPhone etc., which has ensnared so many victims and afflicted so many entire families.

The gathering took place in the Hotel Vishnitz auditorium in Bnei Brak and was opened by the moving address of HaRav Yaakov Meir Sonnenfeld, rabbi of Rechasim and Rosh Yeshivas Knesses Chizkiyohu. He cried out in pain, "We find ourselves in the most difficult times, the trials of the pre-Moshiach era. The prophet Malachi has described those terrible tests which will face our people in the latter days. The one which confronts us now seems to be impossible to fight, having broken through every wall and barrier."

Maran HaRav Shteinman said, "In the gemora Kiddushin it tells of Rav Amram Chasida who faced a great test. When the gemora calls him `Chasida' it means he was a great tzaddik. When he felt that he was about to fail the test he cried out loudly, `Fire at Amram's house.' People came to help and he deliberately caused himself embarrassment so that he would not sin and he saved himself. The Chofetz Chaim says that Rav Amram taught us that one should even bring upon himself embarrassment to save himself from sin.

"Even in our generation we have to realize that even someone who must have it, whether because of parnossoh or another reason, he must shout that he has Fire! There is a fire! Because many people who are in this thing stumble and come to horrible things, Rachmono litzlan. All the rabbonim must warn the public to be careful because it is fire. Great caution must be exercised so that chase vesholom we will not stumble over horrible things. HaKodosh Boruch Hu should help that these things will not happen and that we will live to see the true Geulah Shleimoh speedily in our day. Amen selah."

The decisions arrived at in this meeting of community rabbonim as follows:

1. Since the use of unfiltered Internet makes it impossible to avoid many Torah prohibitions, there is no way to permit the use of Internet which is not blocked and filtered properly, and there are absolutely no exceptions for any usage such as for the sake of parnossoh or otherwise.

2. There are some filters which are not halachically adequate and present stumbling blocks of the Internet through forbidden sights or content, and one must beware of using them.

3. Work places for women should also be properly blocked and inspected. This is important.

4. Rabbonim in every area should inspect every educational institution and ensure that there are no students in whose homes they do not guard themselves against these dangers.

5. The rabbonim of the various communities are invested with the responsibility to preserve the atmosphere of kedusha and stand on guard within their congregations, both in their homes and work places, through rallies of explanation and employing the various active methods to ward off the danger and teach the public what must be done.


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