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Monday, May 26, 2008

Postermania XIII - Or Addressing Scourges of the Past Century Now

Free translation of above:
"Unfortunately, we are close to perceiving that the nesuyon (temptation) of this generation is the computer with the internet (internet phone). The haskala (Enlightenment), Zionism, and Communism rolled into one do not approach the level of of abandonment of faith and the destruction which this bitter device can effectuate. This is the cause of shmad (leaving our traditions) of the current generation, not to be wished on us or on you..."

(Harav HaGaon Rav Berel Katz - Av Bais Din of Bais Yosef Tzvi Dushinsky)


Anonymous Boruch said...

It is interesting to note that the response to those scourges was learn more and embrace your fellow Jew. The response to the internet and the cell phone is ban them, which in turn makes people wonder what the issue is and then they go and use it and see what can be done with them. In humility, I maintain that people who are encouraged to get the facts will realize that internet and cell phones are not a panacea, but a tether to a world that you need to separate from more than occasionally. When you ask people if they want to be with their shver or shvigger 24 hours a day 7 days a week and then explain that this is exactly what a cell phone is and the internet is, maybe they will think twice. Do you want your boss calling you at all hours? Oh, I can shut it off when I want to; sounds like a drunk who is delusional when he says he can stop drinking whenever he wants to.
People left communism and the haskalah movements when Jews and non-Jews embraced them with emotional support and ahavas chinom. People don't need emotional crutches as it it were sugar or butter substitutes. People want people to notice them, rejoice with, kibbutz them, and chastise them when required. In humility, more people check out when they can't check in and feel that they don't even have 4 cubits to express themselves. The cell phone and the internet do that for them. Rashi knew this when in Pirkey Avos he commented that one should buy seforim on the mishnah stating acquire yourself a friend. Seforim don't make judgements. Cell phone and internet sites don't judge you. People shouldn't be judging either. A betselem Elokim supports his fellow man, let Hashem be the judge - it's in his job description.

2:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Sordid Lawsuit Shakes the Satmar Chasidic world .

Brooklyn N.Y. Lezer ( Louis ) Kestenbaum chairman of the ODA in Williamsburg Brooklyn NY resigned from the ODA soon after settling a lawsuit filed in May in U.S. District Court for the District of Florida for an undisclosed sum alleging he had a sexual relationship with a minor, Joel Kestnbaum the son of Louis kestenbaum will become chairman of the ODA.

9:57 AM  

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