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February 03, 2013

Agudath Israel Of America Plans To Enhance Newsletter To Deliver "News" To Haredi Followers – And Uses The Banned Internet To Do It

Agudah logo redAgudath Israel of America, the large haredi umbrella organization known for opposing things like Internet use, has a survey posted on the Internet now. It asks members to explain their news-reading habits in order to better prepare Agudah for its release of a "newsletter" meant to spin news and to compete with those news sources.

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Agudath Israel of America, the large haredi umbrella organization known for opposing things like Internet use, has a survey posted on the Internet now. It asks members to explain their news-reading habits in order to better prepare Agudah for its release of a "newsletter" meant to spin news and to compete with those news sources.

Here are screenshots and a PDF file of the entire survey:

Agudath Israel survey 2-3-2013 excerpt watermarked question 1

Agudath Israel survey 2-3-2013 excerpt watermarked
Agudath Israel survey 2-3-2013 excerpt watermarked 2
Agudath Israel survey 2-3-2013 excerpt 3
Download Agudath Israel of America Survey -- Questions 2-3-2013

[Hat Tip: Chazal Qaeda.]

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Technically, they have no problem with internet use, if you have a 'heter'.

I am so confused, are haredim allowed to use the internet or not? It appears to me that Chabad, as an example, has no problems with the internet as well? Whats up?

Just check out http://www.chabad.org/ Can't get more haredi than chabad.

Ineternet?

The newsletter will be delivered via E-mail which I don't think that even the most m'dak'dik hareidi objects to...

@mike
FYI Chabad is not necessarily considered Hareidei by some peoples standards. Many of the "rightwing" religious Jews do not consider Chabad to be hareidei

How does having a weekly newsletter fit into Agudah's mission statement?

Many Chabaniks don't consider themselves "Haredi". They consider themselves to be practitioners of the only legitimate form of Judaism still standing.

Meanwhile, this is wonderful. "Help us to brainwash you more effectively, using the forbidden Internet." It would be laughable if it weren't so tragic.

"By the way, I'm aware of the irony of appearing on TV in order to decry it, so don't bother pointing that out."
—Sideshow Bob, The Simpsons

All for it" the whole ban makes no sense, you can't live without the Internet anymore nowadays. Most people ignore the ban anyways so it's about time to pony up and say that banning the Internet was a lousy stupid decision, the gedolim will sign whatever you bring to them,

The best thing anyone can do is ignore their rabbi, or any rabbi that gives this type of order. If G_d didn't want people to use their own common sense and critical judgment, he wouldn't have given people those gifts. Rabbis are only in it for the power and influence. This has nothing at all to do with religion.

Freedom exactly!

My not so swift wife could not understand why her 15 year son who normally used the computer in our spare room, would take the, modem int,o his room and lock the door. He had a computer that was not connected to the Internet.

There are real issue with kids amd the Internet even adults and the Internet.

Charedeim are better off setting common sense guidelines for family computer use. The computer should be in a common room I.e. The living room and they should have a good filter.

Lubavitcher is very dependent on the computer both for keiruv and more importantly for educating the children shluchim all over the world.they ave a extensive in-house educational system.

Shmarya,

Perhaps your not calling them out would encourage them to slowly become more accepting of, and open to, the internet.

@mike, formerstudent
FYI Chabad is not considered Hareidei by some peoples standards. Most of religious Jews do not consider Chabad to be Jewish, let alone hareidei

NY paper sees new market among Hasidim

Forverts to launch daily website of news from around the world for Yiddish speakers, bringing language of Eastern Europe's Ashkenazi Jews back from its near-death experience

Reuters
Published: 02.02.13, 07:50

The rapid revival of strict Orthodox Jewish communities that has shifted New York City's religious demographics and transformed Israel's political landscape has created a new market niche for a 115-year-old Yiddish newspaper.

Next Monday, Forverts (Forward) will launch a daily news website for Yiddish speakers who are bringing the language of Eastern Europe's Ashkenazi Jews back from its near-death experience when millions of speakers died in the Holocaust.

...

"Research in New York City said there are 80,000 Hasidim who speak Yiddish at home. That population is exploding," he said.

For more read http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4339212,00.html

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