Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Lakewood Internet Asifa - Update

Thousands of people attended the gathering, one of the biggest ever held in Lakewood.

The Rabbis spoke about the great threat posed by the internet to children and the importance of maintaining their purity and innocence by erecting barriers to its use. They cited actual incidents where children were exposed to the most vile and destructive material without the knowledge of their parents and at times despite their parents’ efforts to protect them.

As a result a list of rules will be circulated by the schools to their parent bodies. These will include the following:

1. Internet access in the home is only permissible if required for a person’s job.
2. Internet access in the home is prohibited if it is only for the purpose of casual use (shopping, airline tickets etc.)
3. Anyone who requires access to perform their jobs will be required to have a Rabbi certify the validity of this need. The Rabbi’s certification will be filed with the children’s schools.
4. Computers without internet access will be required to have software installed which will prevent such access in order to prevent children from connecting them to the internet by the use of external modems, WIFI etc.
5. Children of families that do not comply with the rules will be barred from school in order to protect the other children in the class.

It was stressed that the optimal situation for adults as well as children is to totally avoid the need to access the internet whether at work or at home.


Blogger Sitra Achar said...

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9/28/2005 04:17:00 PM  
Anonymous SephardiLady said...

Are the Rabbis aware that booking airline tickets by phone costs MORE in many cases? And let me tell you, shopping by internet (especially when you have large families) is like shopping from the JC Penny and Sear's catalogues of yesteryear. Plus, you can save so much time because you don't have to get in the car, head to a number of stores to compare, and shlepp your van full of children.

9/30/2005 05:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Manny said...

I'd post a comment, but since I'm not allowed to use the Internet I didn't see this blog.

10/02/2005 01:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why don't you burn some books while you are at it?

10/03/2005 06:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

get off the net you piece of cherem.

10/06/2005 03:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would just like to put this in perspective. Perhaps the one of the most oppressive regimes in the world, the People's Republic of China, allows internet access. While the PRC does try to restrict internet access to sites it deems unsuitable, it none the less allows its citizens to use the internet without so much as a note from their Rabbi. The situation is much the same in other countries such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Iran.

While nobody will deny the dangers of the internet, there are simple ways to prevent children from accessing inappropriate materials, but evidently that was of no concern to the Lakewood Rabbeim for it is much easier to ban it entirely.

I am a frum person who went from a small community to a large community, and since I've moved, I have lost so much respect for the so-called gedolim of our generation. Hopefully this decision will only further isolate this kind of seperatist, extremist Judaism.

10/27/2005 04:54:00 PM  
Blogger fsgsf said...

Oy vey!

11/22/2005 09:43:00 AM  
Blogger groinem said...

sephardilady if you think money answers every problem why do you just not buy airline tickets and then you will have even more money. The problems of the internet are real and acknowledged by all with a working brain in their head. If someone decides to shut off their brain because of their personal hatred of their upbringing they are a classic Freudian case and should not try to pass offf their opinions as opinions when they are really personal problems of theirs. (That is for you, anonymous)The organizers of this asifa and these takanos worked hard to find another idea besides banning internet completley and they just could not find another viable idea.

11/23/2005 10:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lechore, I'm tainning az ich mein that, ah, its mamesh very, um, um, ich mein. you hear what i'm taaing? lemaseh, the matzev on the computer is mamesh shreklach. the oilam has to stop shtelling avek to the internet.
Shkoack and kol tuv.

P.S. In the event that you have't realized what I am reffering to, The topic of this phenomenal essay is the internet.

11/27/2005 02:24:00 PM  
Anonymous YOILY! said...

Hahah such weird Rebbe's
are they stupid? the people that are interested in having internet access will do it either way,
There is no way to protect it.
and besides all the kids are going to be twice as curious as to what is that so called internet that is asur...

1/28/2009 01:54:00 PM  

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