As I'm sure most frum Jewish people know, R' Matisyahu Salomon is setting up an asifa about the internet, to be held at Citi Field. As you might have guessed, I will not be attending this event. Why should I? I disagree with the chareidi stance regarding the internet.
I've heard from a lot of chareidim I know that they don't intend on going to the event. They also cut out 50% of their audience by only making it for men - women can't attend. I don't think they'll sell tickets for even half of the stadium. I can see this turning into a huge financial loss.
While I often think that a stance may be valid even if I don't agree with it, when it comes to the internet, I don't even think the chareidi view is valid. I mean, let's look at what happened. The internet comes out, and chareidi Rabbis decide it's like TV. They assur it completely. Then, they see that some people need it in order to make money. Then they decide it's still forbidden, but there are loopholes. You can show proof that you need it for work, and then you can have it - but only if the woman of the house has the password, and her husband is dependent on her to open it up. You also need a filter that meets chareidi standards.
All the while, most homes have internet, and the husband can access it without needing his wife. Kids are going to libraries and accessing it there, without any supervision or filters. It can be easily accessed via cell phone.
So what happened now? The Rabbis finally realized that in the modern world, you can't really go without the internet. It made its way into almost every aspect of life, and you need it. They're having this asifa to unveil their latest plan. When every other plan they've had regarding the internet has been a complete failure, why should we expect that this one will be any different?
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