Rosh Yeshiva Pasuls Witness At Chupah Because Of iPhone

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There was a time when I thought such a story would be a hoax, but those days are gone.

The preparations for the chupah were proceeding without incident. The rabbonim were meeting with the chosson and family members in preparation for the event on Monday night the eve of 17 Elul 5772 in Jerusalem’s Armonot Hall.  As the kesuva was being written, Rabbi Yosef Ze’ev Feinstein, Rosh Yeshivas ‘עמלה של תורה’, the mesader kedushin, asked to meet the Eidim (witnesses).  He asked them to see their cell phones.  One pulled out a kosher phone.  The second an iPhone.  The latter was disqualified as a witness.

Needless to say the witness was shocked but the rabbi was not about to enter into a discussion over his ruling. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

There has been so much craziness in the chumra and anti-internet world that I’m willing to believe that a Rav would tell a witness he wasn’t kosher because he had internet on his phone. We are i n a brave new world, one in which we are not judged by our good deeds, but on how accessible we are to the internet. Kosher phones vs. iPhones, web chaver vs. filter, internet at home vs. only at work, and so on.

I’m  quite certain that the Gedolim would have had a much better time with their flock if they hadn’t just realized that the internet was a little different television and was a necessity for everyday life. What have we come to when a person can be publicly embarrassed (a sin far worse than any of your wildest porn watching on the iPhone) for the sake of proving that your anti-internet stance is extreme. (read full article at Frum Satire)


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