231 posts categorized "Blogs"

November 13, 2014: The Internet, Religion, Transparency, And Battling Tyranny
Comments: 5 | Categories: Blogs , Chabad , Crime, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Web/Tech
“Blogs like UOJ and Failed Messiah, along with the Awareness Center, were instrumental in fostering the anti-abuse movement in the Orthodox community, publicizing stories of abuse and exposing those (often powerful and until then, untouchable) people, who enabled it and...

January 20, 2014: Former Haredi Mayor Loses Appeal In Suit Against Haredi Bloggers
Comments: 5 | Categories: Blogs , Haredim , Media & Media Criticism
A haredi former mayor of Lakewood, New Jersey, Steven Langert, sued TheLakewoodView.com, TheLakewoodVoice.com, and the haredi men behind them over what he claimed were intentionally false stories about him claiming that he was involved in the Eliyahu Weinstein scandal. Langert...

December 25, 2013: iPhones Make Mikvas Unkosher, Invalidate Weddings And Divorces, Leading Haredi Rabbi Rules
Comments: 35 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Blogs , Haredim , Israel , Web/Tech
Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky says anyone who owns an iPhone or similar phone or device that has full internet capabilities is halakhicly considered damaged and is therefore forbidden to serve as a witness at a wedding or a divorce. If an...

September 13, 2013: Internet Goes Against God's Creation, Haredi Rabbi Insists
Comments: 48 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Blogs , Haredim , Israel , Web/Tech
Speaking at a haredi anti-Internet rally held Thursday in Modi'in Illit, Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Ulman, the rosh yeshiva (dean) of Modi'in Illit's Beit Din (haredi religious court) asserted that the internet goes against what G-d created, and since the time...

June 6, 2013: Satmar's Williamsburg Faction Orders All Hasidim To Agree To Censorship Requirements Ordered By Its Leader; Those Who Do Not Comply Will Be Expelled
Comments: 24 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Blogs , Haredim , Web/Tech
The Williamsburg Satmar Rebbe Rabbi Zalman Leib Teitelbaum has ordered immediate and complete compliance with new Internet and cellphone bans. Those hasidim who do not comply will be excommunicated from Satmar and their children will be expelled from Satmar schools....

June 4, 2013: Video: Satmar Anti-Internet Rally In Brooklyn
Comments: 34 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Blogs , Haredim , Web/Tech
Here's a brief video of Satmar's anti-Internet rally which took place in Brooklyn Sunday. Related articles "Bankrupt" Satmar Scammer And Federal Cooperating Witness Moses "Mark" Stern Rents Private Island For Posh 2 Week Vacation Haredi Soldiers Receive Death Threats From...

May 19, 2013: Haredim In Israel To Launch A “Kosher” Smartphone Despite Ban
Comments: 17 | Categories: Bad Spin , Blogs , Haredim , Israel , Web/Tech
Rabbi David Zilbershlag – who reportedly said the Internet is viewed by haredi rabbinic leaders as "the greatest threat of all time” – also asserted that haredi leaders will eventually need to set up their own private “Internet” in the...

May 10, 2013: Video: Haredi Anti-Internet Rally In Brooklyn
Comments: 27 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Blogs , Haredim , Web/Tech
Last night's anti-Internet rally in Borough Park was a uniform sea of black and white, and while railing against the Internet is a popular haredi rabbi pastime, so far no haredi communities have held an anti-child-sex-abuse rally or an anti-fraud-and-theft...

March 22, 2013: OU: "The Chassidish and Chareidi World: An Unsustainable Economy And The Onslaught Of Self-Hating Jew-Bloggers
Comments: 42 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Blogs , Haredim , MO & Chardal
Steven Savitsky is a former president of the Orthodox Union. Yesterday, he interviewed his close friend, Ami Magazine's editor and publisher Rabbi Yitzchok Frankfurter, who Savitsky says he respects greatly, for his regular OU.org podcast. The title? "The Chassidish and...

February 3, 2013: Agudath Israel Of America Plans To Enhance Newsletter To Deliver "News" To Haredi Followers – And Uses The Banned Internet To Do It
Comments: 14 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Blogs , Haredim , Web/Tech
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...

January 7, 2013: Mea Shearim Anti-Internet Rally Fizzles
Comments: 11 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Blogs , Haredim , Web/Tech
"Perhaps due to the late hour on the short erev shabbos or due to other factors, the number of participants was limited to a few avreichim and children, who carried signs 'The Shechina is not driven out – Here there...

December 28, 2012: Video: Agudah Head Attacks Bloggers At Opening Of Agudah Convention
Comments: 29 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Blogs , Crime, etc. , Haredim
The great threats to the haredi world apparently are the media and bloggers which the haredi world "suffer[s] from," Rabbi Yaakov Perlow, the Novominsker Rebbe, Agudath Israel of America's most senior rabbi, said at the today's opening of the group's...

December 26, 2012: Agudah Convention To Deal With 'Important' Issues Of The Day: Internet, Heretic Bloggers, Preserving Penis Sucking Ritual
Comments: 19 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Blogs , Circumcision , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Kosher Business? , Web/Tech
The theme of this year's Agudah convention is, "our responsibilities to one another in times of challenge." But judging from Agudah's convention program, these "responsibilities" apparently do not include responsibilities to sexually abused children, agunot, beaten wives and children, or...

December 18, 2012: Haredi Children Protest Internet In Jerusalem
Comments: 18 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Blogs , Haredim , Israel , Web/Tech
A group of haredi children in Jerusalem used their lunch break yesterday to stage a small protest march against the evil Internet. [Hat Tip: Burich / Ladaat.info.]

December 2, 2012: Leading Haredi Rabbis Call On Schools To Ban Kids Whose Parents Have Internet
Comments: 28 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Blogs , Haredim , Web/Tech
Rabbi Shmuel HaLevi Wosner issued a public ruling today calling on all haredi schools to ban students whose parents have Internet access. Wosner is the leading hasidic posek, authority on Jewish law. Underneath Wosner's signature is the signature of Rabbi...

November 27, 2012: Female Porn Stars More Spiritual Than Non-Porn Stars, Study Finds
Comments: 16 | Categories: Blogs , Religion , Science
A new study published in the Journal of Sex Research shows that female porn stars are more spiritual and have a higher self-esteem than other women with similar ages, ethnicities and backgrounds. There was no difference in rates of child...

November 4, 2012: Abusive Chabad Rabbi, Fired By Chabad After Years Of Complaints, Appeals His Dismissal To Rabbinical Court
Comments: 26 | Categories: Blogs , Chabad , Crime, etc.
A Chabad rabbinical court in Brooklyn will hear a complaint from a violent, abusive Chabad rabbi who – after years of complaints by fellow Chabad followers and rabbis in Melbourne, Australia to Chabad leadership there – was finally fired by...

October 25, 2012: Haredi Magazine Compares Resisting Smartphone Use To Surviving The Holocaust
Comments: 45 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Blogs , Haredim , Web/Tech
A graphic in the haredi Yiddish language magazine Shtralen, which is distributed in haredi communities in New York, compares stopping smartphone use to other tests haredim have had to overcome: closing businesses on Shabbat and the Holocaust. The Hebrew language...

October 20, 2012: Video: We Ban Smartphones So They Can Keep Jews Living In Ghettos, Rabbi Says
Comments: 32 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Blogs , Haredim , Israel , Web/Tech
Why are haredi rabbis banning smartphones and unfiltered Internet? Why, to keep Jews living in ghettos, one of the haredi rabbis behind the move says.

October 13, 2012: Yemenite "Mega Church" Kiruv Rabbi And Anti-Technology Campaigner Caught Using iPhone
Comments: 35 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Blogs , Haredim , Sefardim , Web/Tech
Rabbi Amnon Yitzhak photographed using an iPhone on Hol Hamoed Sukkot – but he claims that he has an excuse. Rabbi Amnon Yitzhak Rabbi Amnon Yitzhak was photographed using an iPhone on Hol Hamoed Sukkot, but his staff says the...

October 11, 2012: Video: Haredi Simchat Torah Smartphone Destruction
Comments: 21 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Blogs , Haredim , Israel , Sefardim , Web/Tech
Destroy the 'avodah zara,' idol worship by destroying your smartphone Sefardi haredi rabbi urges. Rabbi Moshe Tzadaka, rosh yeshiva of Porat Yosef in Jerusalem, convinces a reveler to break his smartphone during 'Simchat Torah' hakafot sheinit on Monday night: Related...

October 10, 2012: Haredi Rabbis Wage Anti-Smartphone War On Simchat Torah
Comments: 15 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Blogs , Haredim , Israel , Sefardim , Web/Tech
Rabbi orders follower to smash smartphone, telling the man that doing so is a "kiddush Hashem," and that it is also a fulfillment of the biblical verse, "Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones." (Deuteronomy 7:5) Haredi Rabbis Wage...

September 23, 2012: Burn iPhones, Haredi Rabbi Rules
Comments: 56 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Blogs , Haredim , Israel , Web/Tech
A senior haredi rabbi has ruled that not only it is forbidden to own an iPhone, it is forbidden to sell or give one to a non-Jew. There, the rabbi says, you must burn them. Updated at 7:20 pm CDT...

September 14, 2012: Rabbi Smashes iPhone, Rants Against Those "Abominations" And "Vile Villains" Who Own One
Comments: 56 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Blogs , Haredim , Israel , Web/Tech
“A religious person who owns this impure device is an abomination and a disgusting, vile villain.” Rabbi Smashes iPhone, Rants Against Those Who Own One Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com In a synagogue in the Bnei Brak neighborhood of Pardes Katz...

September 12, 2012: Bais Rochel & Monsey Rabbinic Va'ad Internet Questionnaire
Comments: 36 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Blogs , Haredim , Web/Tech
Rabbi Moshe Green's va'ad and Bais Rochel School for Girls ask detailed, intrusive questions of parents and demand answers.

September 6, 2012: Thousands Of London Haredim Attend Anti-Internet Gathering
Comments: 61 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Blogs , Haredim , Web/Tech
"Advice provided by a Charedi technology company showed how parents could protect their children by keeping computers and other devices locked in cupboards or by employing internet filtering and monitoring systems. This firm will even intercept emails — with your...

September 4, 2012: Bais Yaakov Of Ramapo Internet Standards
Comments: 32 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Blogs , Haredim , Web/Tech
The rules on Internet usage for students even off school grounds, are sent to parents, who must sign a pledge to follow them. Here it is as a PDF file: Download Bais Yaakov of Ramapo Internet Standards Document 9-2012

August 30, 2012: Haredi Students To Get Tablet Computers, Mobile Devices
Comments: 14 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Blogs , Haredim , Israel , Web/Tech
Two haredi school networks, Ma'ayan HaChinuch HaTorani and the Shuvo, have agreed to join the technology program, which is sponsored by Israel’s Ministry of Education. Haredi Students To Get Tablet Computers, Mobile Devices Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com For the first...

August 28, 2012: Israel Gas Receipt: iPhone Delays The Messiah
Comments: 36 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Blogs , Haredim , Israel , Web/Tech
Israeli gas receipt reads: "Type of fill: Regular; Type of credit: regular; 400 NIS [about $99]", and then has this note: "It's been 1,944 years since the destruction of our Bais Hamikdash [the holy Temple in Jerusalem destroyed by the...

August 21, 2012: Zionist Orthodox Rabbis Launch Their Own Version Of A “Kosher” Smart Phone
Comments: 36 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Blogs , Israel , MO & Chardal , Web/Tech
Rabbi Avinoam Horowitz, principal of the Kiryat Arba Zionist Orthodox public high school, said that the objective of Telephonetto is to create unanimous opposition by Zionist Orthodox teachers to unfiltered smart phones, which cause the "mutilating the students' souls,” referring...

August 9, 2012: "The Internet Is Poison"
Comments: 38 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Blogs , Haredim , Web/Tech
A sign in Monsey, New York warns haredim to stay away from the Internet. "The Internet is Poison! -- it has already rachmuna litzlon destroyed hundreds of Jewish homes! -- When you take the Internet into your hand, know that...

August 8, 2012: Artscroll, The Rabbis, The Talmud, The iPad And The Internet
Comments: 35 | Categories: Blogs , Books , Haredim , Web/Tech
One “feature” that comes with the app and cannot be turned off is a warning screen that appears as soon as the Digital Talmud is loaded. “Note,” the screen reads. “This app does not require the Internet for daily use....

August 7, 2012: Tangled Web: Haredim And The Internet
Comments: 29 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Blogs , Haredim , Media & Media Criticism
NY1 has a new documentary series on haredi and the Internet, focusing on issues of rabbinic censorship, threats of violence, and the covering up of haredi-committed crime by haredi leadership. Here's part 1. Part 1. Part 2. Part 3 is...

July 13, 2012: Ami Magazine Endorses Violence, Condemns…Bloggers
Comments: 56 | Categories: Blogs , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Med-Ethics , Web/Tech
The editors of the haredi publication Ami Magazine, who called bloggers Nazis in a previous issue and have published much similarly extreme rhetoric, have now written and published an editorial endorsing vigilante violence and condemning bloggers. And there's no mistaking...

July 12, 2012: Prosecute Haredi Website Execs For Extortion, Police Say
Comments: 4 | Categories: Blogs , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Web/Tech
Israel Police say they now have enough evidence to prosecute the director-general of the Behadrei Haredim news website, his deputy, and three other employees for extortion, and have turned their findings over to prosecutors. Three of those arrested in the...

June 28, 2012: Hasidic Rebbe Says "Non-Kosher" Cellphones Can Be Destroyed On Shabbat
Comments: 79 | Categories: Blogs , Haredim , Israel , Web/Tech
"One of the matters the rebbe wishes to place an emphasis on is non-kosher cellular phones, telling his rabbonim that if an avreich is apprehended with a “treif phone” they are empowered to break the phone, to smash it and...

June 11, 2012: Satmar: You Can't Lead Prayer Services If You Have Unfiltered Internet
Comments: 47 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Blogs , Haredim , Web/Tech
The Satmar synagogue in Lakewood, New Jersey forbids men who have unfiltered Internet access from leading prayer services. The Lakewood Scoop's translation: If you don’t have an Internet filter, you can no longer Daven for the Amud at the Lakewood...

June 11, 2012: The Internet Is Bad Because It Can Connect You With Zionists, Satmar Rebbe Says
Comments: 17 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Blogs , Haredim , Web/Tech
Satmar Rebbe says the Internet is bad because you can meet Zionists and other evil people online and read their ideas. From Hamodia:

June 10, 2012: Internet By Proxy: Haredim Hire "Shabbos Goyim" To Use Internet 24/6 So Haredim Won't Have To
Comments: 65 | Categories: Blogs , Haredim , Web/Tech
A hasidic organization is offering "Shabbos goyim" to haredim. The "Shabbos goyim" would do Internet searches and other online tasks during the week so that haredim who need to use the Internet won't have to. It shall rejoice the heart...

June 5, 2012: New Haredi Internet Rules
Comments: 25 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Blogs , Haredim , Israel , Web/Tech
Rules for dealing with the Internet based on the new ruling by Rabbi Shmuel Halevi Wosner, the Shevet HaLevi. First of all, note the politcal aspect to this. In the top poster, released by Rabbi Wosner's assistant, Wosner is called...

June 4, 2012: The Work Of A Sofer Or Schochet Who Has An Unflitered Internet Connection Is Not Kosher, Haredi Rabbi Rules
Comments: 82 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Blogs , Haredim , Israel , Kosher Scandal , Web/Tech
Today's Hamodia in Israel reports that a leading haredi halakhic authority, Rabbi Shmuel Halevi Wozner of Bnei Brak, has ruled that the Torahs, tefillin, megillot and mezzuzot written by a sofer (ritual scribe) who has an unfiltered Internet connection are...

June 4, 2012: Satmar Internet Use Questionnaire For Parents
Comments: 55 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Blogs , Haredim , Web/Tech
Fess up, Satmar says, or there will be consequences. Here's a translation made by the person who sent this to me: Telephone. Do you have a cellphone, Blackberry, iPhone, Android, etc. ? [ ] Yes [ ] No, if yes...

June 3, 2012: Satmar Internet Rules
Comments: 28 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Blogs , Haredim , Web/Tech
If you want your kid(s) to be in Satmar schools, these are the rules you have to follow with regard to Internet use and smart phones. [Hat Tip: Burich.] Update 2:00 AM CDT 6-4-2012 – APC made a quick English...

June 1, 2012: British Haredim To Rally Against The Internet
Comments: 21 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Blogs , Haredim , Web/Tech
The date of the rally hasn't been set, and its exact form hasn't been decided, but inspired by the massive haredi anti-Internet London's rally in New York last month, London's haredi community is planning its own public event against the...

May 30, 2012: The Latest Haredi Anti-Internet Ban
Comments: 61 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Blogs , Haredim , Web/Tech
A haredi synagogue in Flatbush, Brooklyn has added a new ban to the haredi fight against the Internet. …No coffee, no tea, and no sugar. Seen at a synagogue in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn today: [Hat Tip: HeathenHassid.]

May 30, 2012: Censoring News: Two Haredi 'News' Websites Censor Articles In Response To Community Pressure
Comments: 22 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Blogs , Chabad , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Web/Tech
A Chabad site posts and then later removes an article detailing calls for a Chabad rabbi to resign over child sex abuse coverup allegations and VIN News removes an op-ed on the completion of the Daf Yomi cycle by Rabbi...

May 29, 2012: Video: Excommunicate Bloggers Who Question Rabbis, Haredi Rabbi Says
Comments: 111 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Blogs , Haredim , Web/Tech
While in the audience of last Sunday's massive haredi anti-Internet gathering in CitiField stadium, Rabbi Paysach Krohn, the English-speaking haredi world's leading maggid (moralizing public speaker; preacher) called for excommunicating bloggers who anonymously criticize rabbis ("Da'as Torah"), and says that...

May 24, 2012: Internet Caused Fatal Car Accident, Haredi Rabbis Say
Comments: 66 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Blogs , Haredim , Israel , Web/Tech
A car crash that killed eight members of one family happened due to the spiritual weakness the Jewish people is suffering because of Internet use, Rabbi Ahron Leib Steinman and Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky said. Rabbi Ahron Leib Steinman, left, and...

May 23, 2012: Lakewood Yeshiva Bans Internet
Comments: 137 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Blogs , Haredim , Web/Tech
Bais Medrash Govoha, commonly known as Lakewood Yeshiva, has banned students, single or married, from having the Internet in their homes or on their phones. The only exception is when the Internet is needed to earn a living, in which...

May 22, 2012: Video: Haredi Anti-Internet Gathering Participant And Protester Interviews
Comments: 23 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Blogs , Haredim , Web/Tech
A video of brief interviews with participants and counter protesters at Sunday's haredi anti-Internet gathering. Eytan Kobre, the spokesperson for the haredi anti-Internet gathering, lies to the videographer and says that it was CitiField's decision not to have facilities for...

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