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15 Tammuz 5776 - July 21, 2016 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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The Evils of the Internet: We Have Nothing to do with the Other Side

By Yechiel Sever

Internet Rally
HaRav Boruch Mordechai Ezrachi speaking at the rally

"There is no need to explain what a devastating abyss lies in all of these profane things, but there is a need for a person to fight against them so that he not even be drawn to this hell-hole. This is the whole difference between our world of purity and wholesomeness, Boruch Hashem, and their world."

These were the encouraging words of HaRav Boruch Mordechai Ezrachi, Rosh Yeshivas Ateres Yisrael and member of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah, in an incisive address given against the pitfalls of modern technological devices before a massive gathering of the communities of Ramat Beit Shemesh Gimmel. This life saving assembly took place under the sponsorship of the Ve'idas HaRabbonim, the Rabbinical Committee for Fortifying Religion, in the Ahavas Torah synagogue and the honored attendance of all the local communal rabbonim representing all the streams and circles.

In his keynote address, HaRav Ezrachi added, "They have tremendous power - the sitra achra - which represents the kingdom of an `old and foolish king'. Remove the foreign gods from your midst! Whoever fails to do so and lets himself be enticed will be shattered to pieces! We must declare that we are a community without this blemish. We have no attachment to that Other Side. And thus will everything flourish for the good, both in the material and the spiritual aspect. This is fully guaranteed."

HaRav Moshe Tzadka, Rosh Yeshivat Porat Yosef, aroused the public with his words: "When an epidemic rages, everyone is inoculated to prevent contamination. This is protection in the physical aspect. But how much more does this apply to a spiritual plague? How much of preventive injections and medicines do we need! Chazal said, `One who causes another to sin is worse than if he had murdered him.' This spiritual disease is more severe than death from a physical sickness, since not only does it lead to death in his world but wipes out a person's portion in Olam Haba, which is eternal murder."

Also, HaRav Michel Zilber gave a chizuk address in the Yissochor be'Ohalecha kollel in Ramat Shlomo, Jerusalem. He dwelled on the thought: "The Internet introduces goyishkeit to our world. A Jew with even a bit of this goyishness is self-contradictory in the same way that darkness and light cannot reign together. A Jew and a non-Jew are diametrically opposed; they are at opposite poles and [this condition] demands a public expulsion of this terrible thing which has come to uproot our people from its very heritage."


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