Burn iPhones, Haredi Rabbi Rules
Updated at 7:20 pm CDT
In a teshuva (responsum), written to a business owner who claimed that owning an iPhone was “crucial for [his business] dealings” and that was published today in the haredi daily Yated Ne’eman, haredi “gadol” Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky reportedly ruled that “it is forbidden to posses” [an iPhone]. And not only can’t you own or posses an iPhone, if you have one, you must burn it. “[O]ne must burn it,” Kanievsky wrote, adding that “just as it is forbidden to sell a weapon to a non-Jew,” it is forbidden to sell (or give) a non-Jew an iPhone.
The sign posted above is now reportedly posted in synagogues in Bnei Brak where Kanievsky lives. It cites his ruling and tells readers to burn their iPhones.
[Hat Tip: Burich.]