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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

My Trip To Lakewood - Without Comment

I recently had to make a trip to Lakewood for a tzedaka purpose, and had occasion to eat at a group breakfast there. One individual there has a web based business, so I asked him how he lives with the ban. He answered that on a day to day basis he mainly utilizes e-mail.
He then said something interesting. He said "The ban didn't help." I asked what he meant, since I understood the edict was enforced.

He said that the reason behind the ban was that there was an unusually large rate of severe illness in Lakewood, and that this phenomenon unfortunately has continued.

Hashem Yeracheim



Anonymous deerson said...

maybe lakewood is looking in the wrong place. usually the easiest answers are wrong. doing tshuva is an intensely personal experience its hard to imagine the ban evoking a soul searching trip thru a mussar seder. i don't think the ban was issued to stem the tide of physical tragedies but more of an effort to be a safeguard for those who might be endangering their spiritual health.

3:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I misdialed a toll free telephone number today and was inadvertantly connected to a sex service that specializes in foot fetishes. One never knows when one might inadvertantly dial a wrong number, and the ban should therefore be extended to the use of telephones. Is there any reason to limit the ban to the use of the internet, and to *not* extend to the far more ubiqutous telephones? :)

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