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27 Shvat 5777 - February 23, 2017 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Internet in the Workplace

by The Rabbinical Committee to Fortify the Das

Internet that is not properly filtered causes the Shechinah to depart. There will be no siyata deShmaya for parnosso or anything else. One who discards a tomei device that is not properly filtered will certainly be zoche to siyata deShmaya in all that he does.
It is clear and obvious that using the treif device that has no filter there is certainly no hetter. There is no hetter for parnossoh and no other hetter either. -- Remarks of HaRav Chaim Kanievsky shlita


"Hello, is this is the advisory headquarters of the Vaad HaRabbonim?"

"Yes, how can I be of help?"

"I work in computer programming together with seventeen other women. We do not have proper Internet filtering and have decided several times to approach our boss and ask him to approve this for us but we are afraid that he will regard it as criticism that all is not right here. He will regard the request with a negative eye and we are all afraid of his reaction. Is there any way that your organization can approach him instead?"

"We can try, even though it is usually much more effective when our call does not catch him by surprise but only after he expresses a basic readiness to hear of our various solutions. But in this case, since you are wary of approaching him yourselves, we will make the initial contact for you."

"Thank you. Our boss' name is Amos and his phone number is ... And thank you very much! Tizku lemitzvos!"


"Hello, Amos?"

"Yes. Shalom."

"This is the headquarters of the Rabbinical Committee to Fortify the Das. We give advice about filtering solutions of Internet at the workplace..."

"What? Which headquarters did you say?"

"We operate a professional headquarters which offers advice to offices interested in providing screening of Internet."

"What do you mean by `advice'? What exactly are you offering?"

"Many companies are interested in providing screening for Internet access and want to know how to go about it and what is best suited for their needs so as not to interfere with the actual work being done by them."

"Do you mean to say that providing such barriers will not hamper the ongoing work?"

"Yes, if you choose the appropriate channel, it will only provide access to what you need and filtering from outside bodies."

"Hey, wait a minute. Do you have ruach hakodesh or something like it?"

"What do you mean?"

"I mean that this is exactly what I have been thinking about lately. I want my workers to concentrate on their work alone and not be sidetracked by various tempting distractions. I want their undivided attention for their work but I don't know how to go about setting such a thing up. But there was another problem as well."

"What kind of a problem?"

"Look here, I was afraid that it would seem like a form of criticism to my devoted work staff, as if I was checking up on them and not trusting them. I didn't feel comfortable about suggesting this to my employees. Do you think that maybe you could approach them instead?"


These were actual events that happened recently. Not every case works out as nicely as this one did. But even when there is a greater effort, it is worth it, and often many others benefit from the initiative of a few.

Don't be afraid and don't put it off. It is definitely worth the effort and worth the risk.


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