109 posts categorized "Web/Tech"

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, 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 , 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 , 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, 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.

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 14, 2012: Rotten Apple? Rabbis Want Apple To Stop Selling Notorious Antisemitic Forgery
Comments: 41 | Categories: Antisemitism , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Web/Tech
The Conference of European Rabbis wants Apple to remove an Arabic language version of the notorious antisemitic forgery, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, from the iTunes store. Apple failed to respond to the request or to repeated calls...

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....

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...

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