A massive Ultra-Orthodox Jews Rally on dangers of the Internet At Citi Field
All dressed in black suits and white shirts, more then 60,000 of ultra-Orthodox Jewish men attended a rally against the evils of technology and dangers of the Internet at Citi Field and Arthur Ashe Stadium. Women were not permitted to attend the meeting, however, it was broadcast live.
Spokesman for the event’s organizers, said the rally’s purpose was not to ban the Internet but to learn how to use modern technology in a religiously responsible way. “There is a very significant downside to the Internet,” he said. “It does pose a challenge to us in various aspects of our lives.” ‘[Social media undermines] our ability to pray uninterruptedly, to focus and to concentrate.’ — Eytan Kobre, spokesman for the event’s organizers
The rally was organized by a little-known rabbinical group called Ichud Hakehillos L’tohar Hamachane — the Union of Communities for the Purity of the Camp — to spread the word that online activities can lead to porn, child abuse and other acts of immorality.
One speaker compared the threat of the Internet to the dangers that Zionism and the European Enlightenment posed in the past to traditional Jewish life. In particular, they decried the Internet’s potential to distract yeshiva students. Several rabbis said that Jewish law forbids Jews from browsing the Internet without a filter that blocks inappropriate sites.
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