“Burn your iPhones”, Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky Orders. How To Burn Your iPhone? [Video]

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In a landmark ruling that is sure to attract attention from the warring attorneys of Apple and Samsung, one of the premier Jewish ultra-Orthodox authorities has made it known that owners of Apple’s iPhone are not merely forbidden from owning the device, but are required by Jewish law to destroy it.

In Israel, as in many other countries, the moniker “iPhone” has come to represent all smartphones. The ruling is the latest volley in an uphill battle that rabbis in the ultra-Orthodox community have in recent years been waging against internet usage — and especially Web-connected phone ownership — in their communities.

‘Burn the iPhone.’ Rabbi Kanievsky’s responsum in Yated Ne’eman

In a responsum to a reader published on Sunday in the ultra-Orthodox daily newspaper Yated Ne’eman, Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky said that “it is forbidden to be in possession of [an iPhone], and one must burn it”; this despite the fact that the reader, a business-owner, said it was “crucial for [his] dealings.”

And lest a contrite Jewish smartphone owner think to hawk his device on eBay and pocket the cash, Kanievsky also warned that it is forbidden to sell the phone to a non-Jew, “just as it is forbidden to sell a weapon to a non-Jew.”  –  Traktat Avodah Zara, 15b (read more at  “Time of Israel“).

So if you among followers of  Rabbi Kanievsky below you will find instructions on how to burn iPhone or any smartphone.





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