י״ג בשבט ה׳תשע״ה (February 2, 2015)
In his weekly shiur, Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, the Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel, said “If there is a student with an iPhone, then he needs to be kicked out of the yeshiva, without a doubt, for sure.”
As reports “Times of Israel” Chief Rabbi also spoke of an incident in which he destroyed one of his student’s iPhones.
After the phone rang during class, Yosef told the student to bring a bowl of water, he said.“He went to bring a bowl of water, and put it on the desk. I put it inside, it bubbled and was gone. The phone was gone,” Yosef recalled.
“Rabbi, that cost me hundreds of shekels,” said the young man, according to Yosef.
“I told you not to bring it; there was an announcement not to do so. I don’t have to pay you,” Yosef then told the hapless student.
“‘You can go to a rabbinical court‘” if you have a problem with the decision, Yosef added, according to his own account. “He was afraid. And that’s it, his telephone was gone, it was gone.”
Lest Android fans rejoice, it should be pointed out that in discussing iPhones, Yosef was likely referring to smartphones in general.
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