Above: Rabbi Binayahu Shmueli
Internet And Smartphones Bring Cancer, Cause Terror, Sefardi Haredi Kabbalist Says
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Sefardi haredi kabbalist Rabbi Binayahu Shmueli, the rosh yeshiva (dean) of Nahar Shalom Yeshiva, which is located behind Jerusalem’s Machane Yehuda market, attacked smartphones and their users Monday night in a radio interview, Yeshiva World reported.
Shmueli told the haredi Kol Berama Radio that smartphone usage was linked to the rise in Islamic terror and ruled that anyone with a smartphone or other Internet-connected phone or tablet cannot be counted in a minyan (prayer quorum).
“The Internet brings cancer. The smartphones and the Internet are among the more difficult issues of this generation. A person must remove them from his life and his home,” Shmueli, who has a reputation as a modest soft-spoken man who shies away from the spotlight, said, citing the ruling of Rabbi Shmuel HaLevi Wosner, the late top posek (decisor of Orthodox Jewish law) for hasidim worldwide.