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iPhone Owner Can’t Be Chazzan

Someone with an iPhone sins regularly.
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iPhones. The devil does not provide as much frum attention as the iPhone does.

Some of the things you cannot do if you own an iPhone:

There is a new one being added to the list..

Rav Ovadiah Yosef’s son-in-law, Rav Aharon Butbol, said on his radio show this past Friday that anybody with an iPhone cannot lead the services in shul and be the chazzan. Rav Butbol said that everyone sins, but most people regret their sins. However, someone with an iPhone sins regularly and that is the type of person called “baal aveira” in the Shulchan Aruch, and such a person cannot be the chazzan.

Rav Butbol does qualify his statement by adding that if one goes into shul and the chazzan has an iPhone, of course he should respond amen to the chazzan’s brachot, and he should for sure continue to daven there.. but if he has a choice to select a chazzan, he should select one without an iPhone…
(source: Kikar)
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20 Responses to “iPhone Owner Can’t Be Chazzan”

  1. Rocky Ray Antoky says:

    how about an Android? lol

  2. Linda Levy says:

    We are going back in time. So sad…

  3. Robert Reuven Pass says:

    Android – depend – with the Samsung devices pasul, HTC – permitted

  4. Arthur Rabinovitz says:

    Heshy Fried

  5. Tany Berman says:

    You have got to be kidding….I am a Cantor, and we have 3 i phones and 3 computers I guess I am going to loose a job

  6. Eva Feld says:

    There are courtesies and there are courtesies and then there is silliness, Cannot enter into Olam Haba, says who?

  7. AJ Weberman says:

    tyo – that was chazzar not chazzan

  8. Ch Hoffman says:

    there are sleazier ways to promote Samsung over Apple; but I personally don't know of any

  9. Michael Sean Fisher says:

    what? SATANIST rofl

  10. It is comments like this that make Jews who are skeptical of religious Jews almost validated.

    But then again, this type of thing is nothing new. I'm sure that there are still people who think that owning a television or a computer is destroying their Olam Haba as well.

    The fact that there are people who use their smartphones with apps to alert them to local kosher places (for people in places where such things aren't blindingly obvious), local times and places to daven, and any number of things which are perfectly kosher and valid is COMPLETELY ignored by people who make pronouncements that smartphones are somehow treif.

    I wonder if it is the same people who once said that the Internet was also forbidden. The I also wonder if fact that there are more shiurim online, Sefarim available for purchase, and other such things changed their minds.

    I don't know. If it makes Rav Butol happy that no chazzanim in his shul use smartphones, Kol Tuv. Somehow, though, I'm not sure his pronouncement will have the result he was anticipating.

  11. Michael Sean Fisher says:

    Miriam BenEzra – someone needs to tell him that Silence Is Golden

  12. Fran Sam says:

    Does this ban relate to Shabbos too?

  13. Nate Rudy says:

    So GD is an android guy?!

  14. Nate Rudy says:

    I thought GD was ancient, so I figured him for a blackberry guy. And since BBM is an app, I just assumed we were all absolved now. But, iPhone owners (like myself) be damned.

  15. Aaron Berger says:

    So, as gabbai, do I need a list of all the members who have one?

  16. Cheryl Zwiren says:

    I guess I can't be a Chazzan. Oh, well…

  17. Michael Kaner says:

    Why are there more and more kids at risk?
    Beep!

  18. leah says:

    I personally think that the iphone internet etc. Is the idolitry of this day anf age. It’s not really what u can see, but the addiction to it all. I dont think making duch statements will help, but we should admit to ourselves, how dependant r we on all this technology. U see mothers pushing strollers glifing their fingrrs down their phones. Kids in hoteld on family holidays with ipads, pardnts eith smartphones. We’ve all gone bonkers…

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