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When Good Children Go OTD

I know families with an OTD child that are very right wing, moderate Charedi, and right wing Modern Orthodox.

IDF Launches New Media Weapon in Information War against Hezbollah

Most foreign media always give Israel the dirty end of the stick and make its enemies smell like roses. The IDF has put Hezbollah, Israel’s most immediate threat, in the crosshairs of a new media weapon.

Alleged Canadian Bomb Plotter Made Anti-Semitic Statements

The suspect in the alleged plot to bomb the British Columbia Legislature wrote anti-Semitic statements online in March, John Stewart Nuttall, 38, wrote, “The Jews...

Savvy Israelis Ahead of US in Smartphone Internet Use

Israel often can be seen with two cell phones, one in each ear. Smartphones have been around in Israel only since 2009 but already are in most Israeli’s hands. No wonder Waze was made in Israel

Google to Buy Waze for $1.3 Billion

Google out-navigates Facebook. Google will pay $1.3 billion for Waze. Coming on top of $2 billion purchase of Iscar, and rumors of SodaStream next in line, Big Business is far from boycotting Israel.

Bad Publicity Spurs Internet Sales of Hitler Look-alike Tea Kettle

Bad publicity sometimes is great for business, especially if it involves Hitler. JC Penney hurriedly removed a billboard showing a tea kettle that looked like Hitler. It sold out on the Internet.

Czech Jews Document Tripling of Online Anti-Semitism

The Jewish Community of Prague documented a tripling of online instances of anti-Semitic hate speech last year. The increase, which the community links to a...

How a Jewish Online Magazine Was Launched

An interview with journalist Alana Newhouse former cultural editor of the Forward and current editor at The Tablet.

Hacker in Huge Web Attack Makes Anti-Jewish Statements

The hacker who has slowed down the WorldWebWeb also has some anti-Semitic messages to spread and calls a Jewish anti-spammer one of the “Zionists who think they are better than others.

Anonymity Makes Blogging Better

The people who wish to end online anonymity are often also the people who think Kolko got a raw deal and would like to stone kofrim in Times Square.

To Be (Anonymous) or Not to Be

Although I allow people to post anonymously (albeit with at least an alias) I would prefer that people stand by their words and not be afraid of them.

The Price of Enforced Uniformity

By now a critical mass of Charedim has learned and internalized that the evils – which are real – are not the only thing the internet has to offer.

The State of the Internet Revolution in International Affairs: Less Progress Than You’d Think

Winston Churchill's statement that "a lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on," may still be true, but due to the internet revolution, the truth may have a chance.

Is Making Money on the Net Passe? (Podcast)

Making money on the internet is not just a science fiction fantasy.

Kosher or Not, the Internet Cannot be Stopped

The idea of a well-shackled mind being in a superior position to battle going OTD is certainly understandable. But in practice, the mind can no longer stay well-shackled. The internet is not only here to stay. Its ubiquity is increasing by leaps and bounds via the smart phone. No ban in the world has the power to stop it. It is like spitting in the wind.

Was ‘Internet Ban’ an Authoritative Decree of Torah Sages, or Just Baloney?

OK. The title is a bit extreme. But at least I have your attention. Last May - one will recall – there was a giant Asifa – a gathering of tens of thousands of Orthodox Jews dealing with the dangers of the internet. Although it was billed as a way to properly use the internet, it was ultimately about trashing it and forbidding its use altogether accept for livelihood purposes. And even then - only with filters and only outside the house.

Rabbi Kanievsky: Burn Your iPhones

Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, who of Israel’s pre-eminent haredi rabbis, issued a public notice on Sunday urging owners of iPhones to burn their devices, comparing the popular cell phones to weapons of war.

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Just Say No… to the Nonsense of the iPhone Smashing Rabbis

Rabbi Lior Glazer smashed an iPhone with a hammer in a show of protest. Like virtually every other Rav in the very right-wing Charedi world of Bnei Brak, Glazer blames personal tragedies on technology and not the abnormal psychology of the individual. I am beginning to find that the more I see a story like this, the more I just want to fold up my tent, and go home. No matter how much one wants to be Dan L’Kaf Zechus and judge people and their actions favorably, a story like this comes along which makes it extremely difficult to do so.

The Road Paved with iPhones

There are many Halachic reasons to disqualify a witness. Owning an iPhone is not one of them.

T’shuva Starts at Home!

Today, the “evil thing” in our communities and homes is the onslaught of immodest websites and images on the Internet.

Stolen Waters are Sweet

Bright young minds will have questions. The most logical place to see answers is from your parents or teachers. But when questions are explicitly or implicitly forbidden, these very same young people will seek answers elsewhere. The easiest place to find them is the internet. Ban, no matter how strong they are, no matter how enforced they are will not prevent a young person from somehow finding access. And that’s when the slippery slope begins.

Libby Kahane Questioned by Israeli Police

Libby Kahane, widow of Rabbi Meir Kahane HY"D, was questioned by police this week after her grandson, Meir Ettinger broke his bail conditions last...

IDF Redefining Cyber Space as Battlefield

The IDF Operations Department has put together instructions for military operations in cyberspace against enemies of the Jewish state. The IDF will engage in consistent and continuous intelligence gathering operations online, and said it will handle cyberspace as a battlefield as important as those at sea in the air, and on the ground, executing attacks when necessary.

Jerusalem vs. The Asifa

I missed the Asifa. Admittedly, I wasn’t planning on going, though I do feel jealous of those software developers who managed to get 50,000...

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