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Sunday, June 26, 2005


A fine American-style yeshiva in Flatbush has a lounge for Rebbeim. For the use of the Rebbeim and teachers there is a computer placed there with Internet access. A G-d fearing, earnest, hard working Rebbe goes on-line to check his finances during break. Other Rebbeim happen to be present.
Upon opening the browser he is confronted by the default home page - MSN, with a prominent and prost entertainment feature, including provocative pictures. He sets about doing a search, because he's never done this before. Either due to his choice of search engine, or due to a typo, he is confronted by a pop-up ad of an entertainer more unclothed than clothed.

He stands up and walks away from the computer, never to return, and becomes a fierce opponent of internet.

This is a true story, but what is wrong with this picture?

1. Every yeshiva should have filtering.
2. Even if the yeshiva refuses to have filtering, the home page can and should be changed to an appropriate one (Yated, perhaps)
3. Explorer and Firefox contain a pop-up blocker which must be activated

Why wasn't all of this, or at least the last two, done? Because we don't schecht and salt chazer.

Once the 'net became chazer, the most minimal precautions are not taken, and not even talked about. And the latter two are simple indeed.

Soon the whole country will be connected wirelessly. Without educating our children, not only Rebbeim in a Yeshiva will fall victim.

Everyone with a laptop will, too.


Blogger Rachack said...

good post.

there's a huge space in the beginning of the post like hihurim had before.

2:52 PM  
Blogger Leapa said...

Thanks. Any idea what I can do?

4:40 PM  
Anonymous kendall deerson said...

horror stories--maybe we should begin updating edgar allen poe short stories. lets see like the pit and the pendlum becomes shpitz and the shylock. has anything really changed since the Rambam's Mishne Torah was burned together with Sifre Torah in Paris circa 1215. is it really a question of filteration? maybe it is an issue of innoculation versus protection against the vicissitudes of the Last Golus here in AmeriKa. we are guests here in America. but in a deeper sense we are guests here in this world. this world is a very expensive hotel. everyone has to carry his own baggage up to his room. unless you are lucky enough to have a bellboy. i could go on but the hour is late. how much time do we have for all of this. blog rhymes with clog as in hog and dog. posted and logged Motzei Shabbos Shelach. Did someone say I spy.

1:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Change your blog skin.

4:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Change your blog skin.

4:56 AM  
Anonymous kendall deerson said...

to anonymous alias ploni almoni check out megillas rus---changing a blog skin to what chicken skins. is that kosher enough for you or do you still have to check the plumba. the future of orthodoxy judaism is doomed. Hashem's Torah and the Klall Yisroel are eternal. Get your priorities straight we are talking about Netzchius. Forever is a long span of time.

9:54 AM  

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