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6 Nisan 5775 - March 26, 2015 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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French Rabbonim Against the Internet

by Yechiel Sever

More than 70 roshei yeshivas, rabbonim, morei horo'oh and communal leaders in France participated in a special rabbinical conference to fight the damages of modern technology, arranged by the Tag organization of Paris which is very active in this area. The kenes was held in the Ohalei Yaakov shul.

In advance of the kenes, the rabbonim and activists of Tag, led by chairman HaRav Naftoli Levi, visited maranan verabonon to get their blessings and guidance about how to proceed.

Maran HaRav Shteinman wrote:


To the Community Rabbonim in the state of France,

Hashem aleihem yichyu.

It is well known that the Internet has caused serious problems in family matters which includes everything. We must do something to save people so that they will not be injured. Since the matter affects almost everyone, it is necessary to gather to protect and defend. It is hoped that by gathering to search for ideas there will be siyata deShmaya to save a lot. May it be His will that they will succeed in arousing the community not to stumble in this and may HaKodosh Boruch Hu lead us in the true path to walk the true path and sometimes bitul Torah is necessary for kiyum Torah.

9 Teves 5775

(signed) A. L. Shteinman

HaRav Chaim Kanievsky also gave a letter to the kenes:

BS"D Adar Shmittah 5775

To kvod the rabbonim who are gathering about the serious nature of the issur of the Internet and those who support it Rachmono litzlan.

Here in Eretz Yisroel we have merited that the great prohibition of the Internet and the awful damages that it has caused that there is no home in which there is no death and it is abizraihu of the 3 aveiros directly.

Ashreichem that you have gathered for an important and fundamental thing. One must cry out about this and to worn in a great voice, maybe Hashem will help us to be saved. In the merit of this may Hashem say, "Enough!" to the destroyer and we will be redeemed with a full redemption soon.

(signed) Chaim Kanievsky

HaRav Shalom Cohen, shlita, head of the Moetzes Chachmei haTorah of Shas, also gave a warm letter of support, as did HaRav Moshe Shapira who has a longstanding relationship with French Jewry.

Among the rabbonim who attended were: HaRav Yitzchak Weil, rosh yeshivas Chachmei Tzorfas, HaRav Masoud Chamo, of Paris, HaRav Yehuda Toledano, rosh yeshivas Chazon Boruch, HaRav Yitzchok Katz, rosh yeshivas Yad Mordechai, HaRav Yitzchak Levy, of the Afini community, HaRav Yitzchak Sabag, rav of Mercaz HaTorah, HaRav Yosef Chaim Sitruk, former chief rabbi of France, HaRav Yosef Dovid Frankfurt, rav of Kehal Adas Yereim, HaRav Mordechai Rotenberg, rav of Paris, HaRav Michael Shmerla, rav of Strasbourg. HaRav Dovid Chananya Pinto sent a letter of brochoh. There were dozens more very important rabbonim.


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