124 posts categorized "Web/Tech"

July 3, 2015: Hasidic Rebbe Issues Draconian New Smartphone Regulations
Comments: 15 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Web/Tech
In another draconian attempt at censorship, a hasidic rebbe has ordered his followers to to give him complete control over whether or not they can have a smartphone and, if he allows them to, which specific websites they are allowed...

July 2, 2015: Google Puts Auschwitz And Other Nazi Death Camps In Mobile Phone Game, Drawing Condemnation
Comments: 2 | Categories: Antisemitism , History , Web/Tech
Google put Nazi death camps and concentration camps in Ingress, a multiplayer augmented reality game in which people fight for control of virtual portals in a larger battle for control of the entire Earth. Google Puts Auschwitz And Other Nazi...

July 2, 2015: Top Hasidic Rabbis In Israel Meet, Order Children Whose Parents Have Smartphones Expelled From School
Comments: 23 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Web/Tech
"…The rebbes discussed fears surrounding smartphone technology and other technological devices brought into chareidi homes, which they believe present a spiritual hazard to the entire family. They spoke of the prohibition of using any model phone that is not approved...

May 26, 2015: Vizhnitzer Rebbe: WhatsApp Destroys Families, Should Never be Used
Comments: 16 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Web/Tech
“The family is destroyed not just because of an iPhone but due to the use of these programs, WhatsApp and Telegram,” the Vizhnitzer Rebbe reportedly said as he told his hasidim not to use them ever again. Above: The Vizhnitzer...

May 18, 2015: London Haredi School Issues New Regulations Regarding Internet Use, Technology
Comments: 41 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Web/Tech
The haredi Yesodey HaTorah school in the Stamford Hill neighborhood of London has issued new rules for its students regarding technology and the Internet. Please click to enlarge:

May 4, 2015: Haredi Help Wanted: Internet Mashgiach
Comments: 11 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Religion, Religion & State , Web/Tech
A man seeks fellow haredim to say Psalms and learn Torah out loud next to him as he uses the Internet for his business. This is similar to the ad we posted in January. Please click to enlarge: Related Post:...

April 21, 2015: Belz Bans WhatsApp
Comments: 21 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Web/Tech
The Belz hasidic sect in Israel has banned the popular WhatsApp mobile messaging app. Please click to enlarge: [Hat Tip: The Lion.]

April 5, 2015: Haredi Father Of 7 Kids Killed In Horrific Brooklyn House Fire Says The Lesson To Be Learned From The Fire – Which Was Caused By A Shabbat Hotplate – Is…Jews Should Not Use The Internet Or Cellphones
Comments: 94 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Religion, Religion & State , Sefardim , Web/Tech
"…Our generation is tested with many types of trials, but the greatest of which, as declared by our great leaders to be the greatest trial that ever existed since the beginning of time, the trial of technology and the internet....

March 6, 2015: Reliance On Smartphones Linked To Lazy Thinking
Comments: 11 | Categories: Science , Web/Tech
"Our research provides support for an association between heavy smartphone use and lowered intelligence. Whether smartphones actually decrease intelligence is still an open question that requires future research." Reliance On Smartphones Linked To Lazy Thinking University of Waterloo Our smartphones...

February 12, 2015: Haredi Matzoh Bakery Threatens To Fire, Fine Any Workers Who Have Smartphones
Comments: 11 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Web/Tech
Get caught with a "non-kosher" smartphone or cellphone and your job baking high-end Passover matzoh may be over. Haredi Matzoh Bakery Threatens To Fire, Fine Any Workers Who Have Smartphones Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com Many haredi yeshiva students make extra...

February 1, 2015: Israeli Chief Rabbi Proudly Destroys Smartphone Of Unwilling Yeshiva Student
Comments: 13 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Sefardim , Web/Tech
Israel’s Sefardi haredi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef lashed out at smartphones Saturday night and told a story about personally destroying an unwilling yeshiva student’s smartphone. Above: Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef Israeli Chief Rabbi Proudly Destroys Smartphone Of Unwilling Yeshiva Student Shmarya...

January 19, 2015: Internet Mashgiachs Wanted
Comments: 48 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Web/Tech
Haredi classified ad for two Internet mashgiachs - men paid to sit in a person's office to help make sure that person does not use his Internet access for pornography or other forbidden things like blogs. Presumably the half hour...

January 16, 2015: They Banned The Internet But Now Have An Official Website
Comments: 9 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Web/Tech
Many of Agudath Israel's top rabbis banned the Internet, smartphones and home computers (some allow these but only for very restricted use by adults who have pressing business needs, and only when haredi-rabbi-approved modesty filers are installed). But now for...

January 13, 2015: Haredi Hi-Tech Incubator Opens In Israel
Comments: 14 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Web/Tech
"Haredim are just as creative and imaginative, and as willing to succeed, as are secular Israelis – in fact, from what I have seen among those in the high-tech world, they are even more ambitious. The problem is that they...

January 2, 2015: Video: Hasidim Protest Outside Verizon Store In Satmar Hasidic Village
Comments: 30 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Web/Tech
Members of a local modesty squad protest outside a Verizon Wireless store in the upstate New York Satmar hasidic Village of Kiryas Joel. Why? Cellphones destroy children and ruin their Yiddishe neshamas (Jewish souls).

November 23, 2014: "iSof" – The Biblical Villain Esav –Equals The iPhone, Haredi Paskvil Says
Comments: 22 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Web/Tech
"iSof" – i.e., Esav or (Esau), the biblical villain who, according to rabbinic texts hated his brother Yitzhak (Isaac) – is equivalent to the (evil) iPhone, haredi poster says. Originally published at 11:06 pm CST 11-22-2014 Odd timing, when a...

November 22, 2014: Haredi Synagogue Hit By Terror Attack Had Cellphone-Blocking Device, Slowing Down Police Response
Comments: 47 | Categories: Antisemitism , Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Terrorism , Web/Tech
A reason it took police so long to respond to the attack – 11 minutes, by some accounts – and likely a reason the death toll was as high as it was is because haredi rabbis had installed a device...

November 13, 2014: The Internet, Religion, Transparency, And Battling Tyranny
Comments: 5 | Categories: Blogs , Chabad , Crime, Litigation, 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...

October 14, 2014: Main Bobov Hasidic Faction Bans Every Jew Who Has An Internet-Enabled Cellphone From Its "Holy" Sukkah
Comments: 27 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Web/Tech
Any Jew with an Internet-enabled cellphone is banned from entering the sukkah of the Bobov 48 hasidic sect – even if the phone is turned off. Meanwhile, the rival Bobov faction banned all women from entering its sukkah – just...

September 18, 2014: God Might Kill You Over Your "Impure" Cellphone, Leading Haredi Rabbi Says
Comments: 21 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Web/Tech
Without any doubt, holding an impure cellphone in your hands – behold, this is a great danger [for your soul when] the Day of Judgement [Rosh Hashana comes], #2 Ashkenazi haredi Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky says. Please click to enlarge: [Hat...

August 26, 2014: Haredi Poster: Lets Agree To A Cellphone "Cease-Fire"
Comments: 39 | Categories: Haredim , Web/Tech
A haredi poster and newspaper insert see in synagogues and homes across the haredi bastion of Lakewood, New Jersey says haredim need a "cease-fire" with their cellphones. Please click to enlarge:

July 9, 2014: New Smartphone App Allows Users To Form A Minyan By Hooking Up With Nearby Users
Comments: 16 | Categories: MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State , Web/Tech
"…Often, it is hard to find or 'get' a minyan when traveling or while out at social events. This app solves that problem by pinging and notifying Jewish males in your immediate area that you are in need of a...

June 1, 2014: Satmar Shuls Launch Patrols To Check For Unfiltered Smartphones, Expel Owners
Comments: 16 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Web/Tech
Satmar synagogues in Brooklyn have launched a coordinated effort to launch modesty patrols to check smart phones belonging to hasidim. If the phones are not properly filtered, the hasidim will be expelled from the synagogue. Participation from hasidim coming to...

May 19, 2014: Video: Haredi Rabbi Burns iPhones, Tablet Computers In Lag Ba'Omer Bonfire As A "Korban"
Comments: 10 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Web/Tech
A haredi rabbi burned iPhones and tablet computers in a Lag Ba'Omer bonfire as a cheering haredi crowd watched.

May 12, 2014: Video: Haredi Rabbi Holds Smartphone Smashing Ceremony
Comments: 27 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Web/Tech
Rabbi Lior Glazer smashes a smartphone and sings Yemach shemo!, may its name be wiped out, in front of a group of women in a haredi synagogue in Israel. Several Related Posts: Rabbi Lior Glazer Smashes iPhone, Rants. Video: Rabbi...

April 7, 2014: Cellphone Company’s Security Breach Could Out Haredim Using Smartphones In Defiance Of Rabbinic Ban
Comments: 6 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Web/Tech
A system developed by the popular Israeli cellular phone company Orange and left unsecured can be exploited to ferret out haredim who are using smartphones in defiance of the near-universal rabbinic ban against them. Cellphone Company’s Security Breach Could Out...

April 4, 2014: Williamsburg Modesty Committee Launched To Save Teenage Yeshiva Students From The Hell Caused By…Smartphones
Comments: 22 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Web/Tech
"Due to the fact that during bein ha-zemanim [the yeshiva vacation period that begins before Passover], the Satan is very active in spreading cellphones to bucherim [male teens], and through this he can destroy them for the rest of their...

March 24, 2014: Matzoh Factory Bans Smartphone Users
Comments: 8 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Web/Tech
A haredi matzoh bakery, Aronshtein Matzohs, bans smartphone users from baking matzoh.

March 16, 2014: Williamsburg Shul Holds iPhone Smashing Ceremony To Blot Out Amalek
Comments: 18 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Web/Tech
A synagogue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn held an iPhone smashing ceremony to "blot out the memory of Amalek," the villain of the biblical Book of Esther. Please click to enlarge:

February 2, 2014: New Haredi Poster Shows Lapid, Bennett Destroying Haredim From Without, Smartphones Destroying Them From Within
Comments: 13 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Web/Tech
A new haredi pashkvil (wall poster) features a large cartoon depicting Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Religious Services Minister Naftali Bennett destroying the "Dwelling of Haredim" from without and haredim using smartphones destroying it from within. Please click to enlarge:...

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...

December 3, 2013: New Hasidic Anti-Smartphone Ads Compare iPhones To The Evil Syrian-Greek Villains Of The Hanukkah Story
Comments: 25 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Web/Tech
Two new anti-smartphone ads: 1) The supposed slippery slope from an iPod to being "iSov," Esav, the evil brother of the biblical Jacob and 2) iphones are like the Greeks we fight against every Hanukkah. Here they are in reverse...

October 9, 2013: Kosher Cellphone Companies Block Rape Crisis And Domestic Abuse Hotlines
Comments: 5 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Web/Tech , Women & Judaism
Sources in two of the large mobile providers note that the decision to block these numbers was made exclusively by the haredi Rabbinical Committee for Communications, which is responsible for certifying the so-called kosher phones as kosher. Ynet has finally...

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 27, 2013: We Search The Internet So You Don't Have To – All Our Computers Are Filtered
Comments: 10 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Web/Tech
Haredi Web search and shopping company offers to search the Web for haredim, pay their bills, shop for them, all online. And do not worry, rabbis – all their computers are filtered. Related articles Haredim In Israel To Launch A...

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...

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 16, 2013: At Haredi Hi Tech Conference, Most Politicians Pander For Haredi Votes While Haredi Pol Blames High Haredi Unemployment On The Secular Government
Comments: 10 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Web/Tech
“As someone who wants to implement the integration of haredim into the workforce, the haredi battalion [of the IDF] and academia, I say to you that until today the state has not taken one step or reached out its hand,”...

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 30, 2012: Secular Group Seeks Ban For Shas Smartphone App
Comments: 4 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Sefardim , Web/Tech
Despite the haredi ban on smartphone use, the Sefardi haredi Shas Party – which draws a significant number of votes from traditional non-haredi Sefardi voters – has released a free Android smartphone app, Maran Shlita, which allows users to virtually...

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, Litigation, 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 7, 2012: Williamsburg Hasidim Attack Cancer Charity, Causing Ban
Comments: 12 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Web/Tech
Hasidim in Williamsburg posted and circulated a letter Wednesday calling on hasidim to call RCCS and demand to know why RCCS is providing "entertainment" and "singers" at its live charity auction held Thursday, causing people to watch on the "dirty...

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 7, 2012: Beit Shemesh Mehadrin Bus Rules
Comments: 20 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Web/Tech , Women & Judaism
New rules from haredi modesty police tell haredim how they must behave while riding on Israel’s publicly funded gender segregated mehadrin buses. Monitors from the haredi modesty police will now be on the buses monitoring conduct. No iPhones or smartphones...

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.

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