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Rockland County, NY - IN PHOTOS: Thoudsands Of Charedim Attend Protest Against The Internet

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Charedim turned out last night May 9 2013, at the Rockland Boulders Stadium in Pomona, NY to protest the Internet. Photo credit:  D.H. Kerem/VINNews.comCharedim turned out last night May 9 2013, at the Rockland Boulders Stadium in Pomona, NY to protest the Internet. Photo credit:  D.H. Kerem/VINNews.com

Rockland County, NY - Sevearl aThousand ultra-orthodox men turned out last night at the Rockland Boulders Stadium in Pomona to protest the Internet.

The event was held with the goal of raising awareness about the dangers of using the Internet, especially for children and young adults who can be exposed to pornography and other sites with illicit content.

Organizers say this is a follow-up to a rally in Queens last May where 60,000 members of the ultra-orthodox community flooded Citi Field and Arthur Ashe stadium to mobilize against the Internet.

Photos credit:  D.H. Kerem/VINNews.com

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 May 10, 2013 at 12:44 PM 99 Percent Says:

My tax dollars at work.

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 May 10, 2013 at 01:06 PM ModernLakewoodGuy Says:

So I would assume given the evils of the internet, not a single person on the head table has ever used it, and yet they are fully qualified to declare it evil and off limits? Hang on while I go ask my dentist for advice on an ingrown toenail

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 May 10, 2013 at 01:44 PM Curious Says:

This must have cost a pretty penny to stage. I think there may be better use of the money spent on this narishkeit.

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 May 10, 2013 at 02:00 PM bored Says:

So nice to see all these pictures of the Amish & Cossacks finally getting together for a unified cause.

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 May 10, 2013 at 02:10 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
Curious Says:

This must have cost a pretty penny to stage. I think there may be better use of the money spent on this narishkeit.

How can you say that this accomplished nothing? I will talk only for myself but I'm sure there are many like me. I have a computer / internet because I feel I need it. I spend much time doing web searches. How many times do I Google a topic and among the hundreds of articles or images I view there is something inappropriate. Because of last years asifa, when I had to get a new phone I was very tempted to get the latest updated one. In the end I got one with no internet access - only talk and text. Its now seven months and I'm happy with the choice. In my home because of the asifa I got a filter so that my children won't be able to go online without permission. Many of my friends have facebook accounts I am very very tempted to sign up, because of last years asifa I thought long and hard if I really need it. Tonight's asifa helped strengthen myself against it. I'm sure there are many who walked away from tonight's asifa with a stronger resolve to protect themselves and their families from the dangers of unrestricted internet access.

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 May 10, 2013 at 02:11 PM soxfan Says:

Love the fact that there's an advertisment for a downloadable app for the Talmud just above the photos.

Good Shabbos to all.

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 May 10, 2013 at 02:11 PM Anonymous Says:

So afraid of such an educational tool. They learn hardly anything in school and this opens up a whole new world, if they weren't so paranoid about sex. I've used the internet for 15 years and never clicked on an X rated website.

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 May 10, 2013 at 02:12 PM CTJEW Says:

Reply to #2  
ModernLakewoodGuy Says:

So I would assume given the evils of the internet, not a single person on the head table has ever used it, and yet they are fully qualified to declare it evil and off limits? Hang on while I go ask my dentist for advice on an ingrown toenail

and I've NEVER used cocaine or Heroin, but I am intellient enough to read studies by 'experts' who have tested drugs, or treated drug addicts, or testimony by current or former drug addicts to KNOW cocaine and heroin are evil and declare them off limits to my children. And I can do the same with cgarettes which are legal (as is the internet) but also harmful and evil.

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 May 10, 2013 at 02:22 PM MonseyLuke Says:

I have been reading Twitter feeds that were sent during both rallies. Naming each speaker, his remarks, etc. I guess there was "closeted" tweeting going on last night during the event.

Luke.

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 May 10, 2013 at 02:28 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
Curious Says:

This must have cost a pretty penny to stage. I think there may be better use of the money spent on this narishkeit.

So I suppose you believe everyone is such a tzadik and won't look at porn if they have no filter. Or what about movies. I had internet in my house for a while. Till I started watching too many movies. I would come home form a long day at work and say a little movie (Clean movies actaully old TV shows. I love the A-team) can't be bad. And I would spend an hour or two watching these stuff. Till I said no more Internet in the house. I still have a laptop. But I can't sit in starbucks till 1 in the morning watching movies. What about your kids? will they also never browse where they shouldn't.
People think they just want to ban the internet. Some maybe do. But the smarter ones know the point is just to make a taboo. An erlicha yid has to have some kind of accountabilty with the internet. Whatever works in your unique situation.

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 May 10, 2013 at 02:33 PM IJK12 Says:

Reply to #5  
Curious Says:

This must have cost a pretty penny to stage. I think there may be better use of the money spent on this narishkeit.

When you buy meat do you need a Hechsher or not? What's the difference with the Internet? Now shoot a comment without thinking, go ahead! I'm wearing a helmet...!

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 May 10, 2013 at 02:33 PM InsideOne Says:

Nebach...like sheep being led to slaughter. That's the name of the game....keep the masses poor and ignorant so that you can keep the power and money for yourselves.

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 May 10, 2013 at 02:35 PM Yoseph Says:

No women present? I guess they are on a higher madraiga.

If women were not allowed to attend, it would be interesting to know why that would be legal, given that the stadium is publicly owned.

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 May 10, 2013 at 02:52 PM Anonymous Says:

Seeing a huge banner with the symbol of a German car favored by hitler y's,in the same arena with chasidim es postnisht!

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 May 10, 2013 at 03:08 PM Mark Levin Says:

To call this a protest, is gross negligence!

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 May 10, 2013 at 03:18 PM RamapoJew Says:

Beautiful pictures from the flat earth society annual meeting. In addition to protesting the Internet they also protested other modern technologies such as fire, the wheel, and indoor plumbing.

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 May 10, 2013 at 04:09 PM MonseyLuke Says:

RamapoJew;

"..the flat earth society"

Absolutely brilliant ! Can I steal this?

Luke.

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 May 10, 2013 at 04:25 PM IJK12 Says:

Reply to #14  
InsideOne Says:

Nebach...like sheep being led to slaughter. That's the name of the game....keep the masses poor and ignorant so that you can keep the power and money for yourselves.

Sorry but If any one is "Ignorant", Its you! When there is a fire burning in your house you save your children first! There is no bigger fire then the internet so even if the rabonim don't always have a perfect solution for every problem, who cares? I don't know about you but I put LIFE into perspective. I care about my kids more then the rabonom and I have a filter cause that's the proper & moral thing do do, not ONLY because the rabonim says to do so!!

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 May 10, 2013 at 04:35 PM IJK12 Says:

Reply to #2  
ModernLakewoodGuy Says:

So I would assume given the evils of the internet, not a single person on the head table has ever used it, and yet they are fully qualified to declare it evil and off limits? Hang on while I go ask my dentist for advice on an ingrown toenail

You know what, make fun, laugh, yes have a good time surfing the internet wherever and whatever but if god forbid you or your children go off the derech because of improper use (and btw you can look frum or modern you name it and your still off the derech...) please don't go crying or asking your RABBI or whoever for help then, when most probably its too late so calm down and put your life and AFTER LIFE into perspective. Good shabbos

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 May 10, 2013 at 04:48 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #13  
IJK12 Says:

When you buy meat do you need a Hechsher or not? What's the difference with the Internet? Now shoot a comment without thinking, go ahead! I'm wearing a helmet...!

that is such a good comparison! Hpowever, a better comparison is if you buy meat, first pay attention to PETA that says all meat is immoral and unethical

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 May 10, 2013 at 04:50 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #12  
Anonymous Says:

So I suppose you believe everyone is such a tzadik and won't look at porn if they have no filter. Or what about movies. I had internet in my house for a while. Till I started watching too many movies. I would come home form a long day at work and say a little movie (Clean movies actaully old TV shows. I love the A-team) can't be bad. And I would spend an hour or two watching these stuff. Till I said no more Internet in the house. I still have a laptop. But I can't sit in starbucks till 1 in the morning watching movies. What about your kids? will they also never browse where they shouldn't.
People think they just want to ban the internet. Some maybe do. But the smarter ones know the point is just to make a taboo. An erlicha yid has to have some kind of accountabilty with the internet. Whatever works in your unique situation.

I really don't care what you do personally.

If you are such an animal to your desires that you can't sit on a bus with women without your hormones overcoming you, or hear a woman sing without it making you lust for sex, or browse the internet responisibly without a protest to inform you about it, you should not be allowed out on the street alone.

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 May 10, 2013 at 04:54 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
Anonymous Says:

How can you say that this accomplished nothing? I will talk only for myself but I'm sure there are many like me. I have a computer / internet because I feel I need it. I spend much time doing web searches. How many times do I Google a topic and among the hundreds of articles or images I view there is something inappropriate. Because of last years asifa, when I had to get a new phone I was very tempted to get the latest updated one. In the end I got one with no internet access - only talk and text. Its now seven months and I'm happy with the choice. In my home because of the asifa I got a filter so that my children won't be able to go online without permission. Many of my friends have facebook accounts I am very very tempted to sign up, because of last years asifa I thought long and hard if I really need it. Tonight's asifa helped strengthen myself against it. I'm sure there are many who walked away from tonight's asifa with a stronger resolve to protect themselves and their families from the dangers of unrestricted internet access.

you are to be commended.

I take an example from you not buying a smartphone so as not to be tempted. I will now walk to work so as not to see immodest women on the subway.

Also, I will grow my own food so as not to have to look at immodest women in Pathmark or Shoprite. And I will stay out of Manhattan entirely for the same reason.

BTW, would anyone know of a good shtetl in Poland I could move to, with small population and only ehrlich people living there?

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 May 10, 2013 at 04:57 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #13  
IJK12 Says:

When you buy meat do you need a Hechsher or not? What's the difference with the Internet? Now shoot a comment without thinking, go ahead! I'm wearing a helmet...!

NOW I understand why there are so many idiots attending a "protest" like this!

If you need the equivalent of a hechsher to tell you what you should or shouldn't look at on the internet, then your parent should get back ALL the money they ever spent on a yeshiva education for you. And so should the parents of everyone attending this stupidity.

Please let me know, though, when the OU or Blumenkrantz book comes out listing the permissible web sites so I can consult it before I surf the net.

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 May 10, 2013 at 04:58 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #16  
Anonymous Says:

Seeing a huge banner with the symbol of a German car favored by hitler y's,in the same arena with chasidim es postnisht!

why? which was there first? maybe the chasidim shouldn't go into an arena with such a billboard, instead of the other way around?

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 May 10, 2013 at 05:00 PM hadassah Says:

protesting the internet? what kind of sch888ks are these? the rebbe lets child molesteers go free and victims are ostracised from the community when they report sex crimes.

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 May 10, 2013 at 05:05 PM Anonymous Says:

At this point, all those mindless yidden who show up at these "asifas" to hear a bunch of geriatric askanim and rabbonim scream gevalt about the internet are not going to change their minds. Half of them will go home and check their email and ignore what they just heard...the other half will stay in the dark and fret about what they might c'v see if they surf the net.

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 May 10, 2013 at 05:35 PM Nussi Says:

Reply to number 18
Pls tell me how many people went off the derech because of the wheel ,fire,or indoor plumbing
Or how many marriages or homes did they wreck
Or how many young nesomes
Went off the derech because of the wheel fire or indoor plumbing

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 May 10, 2013 at 05:52 PM Raphael_Kaufman Says:

Reply to #7  
Anonymous Says:

How can you say that this accomplished nothing? I will talk only for myself but I'm sure there are many like me. I have a computer / internet because I feel I need it. I spend much time doing web searches. How many times do I Google a topic and among the hundreds of articles or images I view there is something inappropriate. Because of last years asifa, when I had to get a new phone I was very tempted to get the latest updated one. In the end I got one with no internet access - only talk and text. Its now seven months and I'm happy with the choice. In my home because of the asifa I got a filter so that my children won't be able to go online without permission. Many of my friends have facebook accounts I am very very tempted to sign up, because of last years asifa I thought long and hard if I really need it. Tonight's asifa helped strengthen myself against it. I'm sure there are many who walked away from tonight's asifa with a stronger resolve to protect themselves and their families from the dangers of unrestricted internet access.

You know I, too, do a lot of internet searches. I have never gotten to an inappropriate site while looking for something else (yeah, go ahead and make a snide comment). Back in the early days of the internet (anyone remember Webcrawler?) it was not uncommon to accidentally get stuck in a bad site. That hasn't happened in 15 years.

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 May 10, 2013 at 05:58 PM pbalaw Says:

It's nice to see boulder stadium finally full

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 May 10, 2013 at 06:07 PM clear-thinker Says:

What time does the game start? Do you think we have a chance of catching a foul ball?

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 May 10, 2013 at 06:24 PM hashomer Says:

Reply to #17  
Mark Levin Says:

To call this a protest, is gross negligence!

FYI your hero the real Mark Levin did an ad this week for a DNA company and DENIED he is a Yid. He said his DNA showed he was Russian & Ukrainian and now learned he had some Scandanavian but no Jewish markers were mentioned. There are strong Jewish markers in DNA. I guess he's ashamed. Mr. French
Le-vin.

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 May 10, 2013 at 06:26 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
Anonymous Says:

How can you say that this accomplished nothing? I will talk only for myself but I'm sure there are many like me. I have a computer / internet because I feel I need it. I spend much time doing web searches. How many times do I Google a topic and among the hundreds of articles or images I view there is something inappropriate. Because of last years asifa, when I had to get a new phone I was very tempted to get the latest updated one. In the end I got one with no internet access - only talk and text. Its now seven months and I'm happy with the choice. In my home because of the asifa I got a filter so that my children won't be able to go online without permission. Many of my friends have facebook accounts I am very very tempted to sign up, because of last years asifa I thought long and hard if I really need it. Tonight's asifa helped strengthen myself against it. I'm sure there are many who walked away from tonight's asifa with a stronger resolve to protect themselves and their families from the dangers of unrestricted internet access.

אשריך וטוב לך.

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 May 10, 2013 at 07:43 PM Anonymous Says:

last I checked, nobody was forced to attend. If you don't agree with the subject matter, do your own thing. The people who attended have reason to believe their children's souls are at stake and that's their right to believe that.
To those of you who believe our children "learn nothing" in yeshiva/school; did you ever attend those schools and check the curriculum? Not every orthodox person is "poor and uneducated". Perhaps seeing so many erlicha yiden who wish to live that way makes gives you a guilty complex! Something to think about.
Gut shabbos

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 May 11, 2013 at 03:34 PM RealJew Says:

You think anyone there suggested making Aliya and using the Kosher Moreshet filter system available on ALL internet service providers in Israel as mandated by Israeli LAW ???

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 May 11, 2013 at 05:35 PM Anonymous Says:

Why didn't I go to the Asifa? Oh yeah, because G-d did not send me. I do not do lies either so I guess I do not do an Asifa. I like to get my news online.

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 May 11, 2013 at 08:31 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #33  
hashomer Says:

FYI your hero the real Mark Levin did an ad this week for a DNA company and DENIED he is a Yid. He said his DNA showed he was Russian & Ukrainian and now learned he had some Scandanavian but no Jewish markers were mentioned. There are strong Jewish markers in DNA. I guess he's ashamed. Mr. French
Le-vin.

There are several chashuve rabbonim who have paskind that it is assur to have DNA tests done since the result could c'v be used for a variety of actions that are ganz assur.

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 May 10, 2013 at 07:13 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #20  
IJK12 Says:

Sorry but If any one is "Ignorant", Its you! When there is a fire burning in your house you save your children first! There is no bigger fire then the internet so even if the rabonim don't always have a perfect solution for every problem, who cares? I don't know about you but I put LIFE into perspective. I care about my kids more then the rabonom and I have a filter cause that's the proper & moral thing do do, not ONLY because the rabonim says to do so!!

"there is no bigger fire than the internet"? you are really a moron. and if this were really such a big fire, you wouldn't have the computer in your home in the first place. apparently you and your children have no saichel whatsoever, and the most dangerous thing in the world to you is surfing the internet. how sad! especially if you had any idea of how simple it is to bypass your ridiculous filter!

take a little responsibility yourself! lack of a filter is no excuse for you or your children to act like animals. Goyim don't have filters like this for the most parts, and they don't have their hormones go wild like yours if they chas vesholom see a web site that is not VIN or Yeshiva World.

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 May 11, 2013 at 10:16 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #30  
Raphael_Kaufman Says:

You know I, too, do a lot of internet searches. I have never gotten to an inappropriate site while looking for something else (yeah, go ahead and make a snide comment). Back in the early days of the internet (anyone remember Webcrawler?) it was not uncommon to accidentally get stuck in a bad site. That hasn't happened in 15 years.

I would like to know which filter you use. I already googled words like chanuka and got an inappropriate picture. .

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 May 11, 2013 at 10:34 PM knowitall1 Says:

Clash of cultures right here on VIN; For chasidim the internet presents a grave and very real danger. In the chasidim world for the most part chinnuch habinim ( and I mean real chinuch habonim) is very weak. It's the community that brings up the children ie everyone's the same, their taught how to think, no individual thought, don't ask too many questions etc. It's an empty chinnuch if any at all. BTW this includes the phenomenon over the last 20 years of the new litvishe chasidus of hyper farfrumta chumrah laden non chasidim. However those who take the time and patience of carefully and painstakingly actually being mechanaich their children, those who spend their lives not only learning torah and doing mitzvos but using their minds to think about their children, learning each child's derech, realizing that each child and his for that matter is an individual, have already won half of the battle against outside potentially harmful influences to yiddishkeit. The other half is tefilla...mit tverin un tehillim...However when ones children are being brought mindless, no real understanding of halacha, yiddishkeit, and the answers to the question "why" beyond " that's what we do" that's what my tatty does", that's what the Reba does", then yes their is a grave danger from the Internet and to those yiddins children. so let the chasidim do what they think will help themselves, just blindly dig their heads further into the sand and hope for the best it works. For the rest of us we will understand that children can be prevented from going off the D with proper chinuch and loads of tefillah. Good luck to is all.

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 May 11, 2013 at 11:02 PM DanielBarbaz Says:

Look at the billboard......an advertisement for Mercedes Benz, the German Car. Is this ironic, coincidental, someone's idea of a sick joke, or blatant anti-semitism?

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 May 12, 2013 at 12:37 AM Torahjew Says:

Reply to #6  
bored Says:

So nice to see all these pictures of the Amish & Cossacks finally getting together for a unified cause.

anti samite find a better use of yourself like taking a lon walk off a short bridge

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 May 12, 2013 at 01:04 AM shmaltz222 Says:

im no prude by any means ( i watch tv movies surf etc) but you have GOT to keep kids away from the internet as long as you can ... no technology until youre 20! (ideally..ha!)

this way a person can develop REAL WORLD connections and experiences. THEN they are more equipped to maturely use the web etc in a dignified manner..

just my opinion of course

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 May 12, 2013 at 07:17 AM bewhiskered Says:

Reply to #13  
IJK12 Says:

When you buy meat do you need a Hechsher or not? What's the difference with the Internet? Now shoot a comment without thinking, go ahead! I'm wearing a helmet...!

"When you buy meat do you need a Hechsher or not? What's the difference with the Internet?"

Could the difference possibly be that מאכלים אסורים are אסור from the תורה, while the Internet is not?

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 May 12, 2013 at 12:16 PM Anon Ibid Opcit Says:

Of course it's evil. When you're entire lifestyle is based on ignorance and is destroyed by contact with facts and any other perspective the Internet is about as evil as it gets. Wait until the Charedim find out about the horrors of freedom, tolerance and curiosity

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 May 14, 2013 at 08:02 AM motti1977 Says:

I have the perfect answer...Let's get rid of everything modern and install in Pennsylvania! At least we'll have neighbors there who will be, like us, cut of from the world and all sort of modern technologies!
Let's become the Jewish version of the Amish!!!!!!!!
But no, that would mean that the Rabbi would have to get rid of his nice limo, house, services, etc...
Get a grip of your lives and stop blaming technology on everything!
It is the so called Rabbis that want to keep their manipulative grips on the orthodox Jewish population!
Let's stop the internet, but keep on abusing children, beat women, used drugs, etc... as those are all problems we apparently don't have!
Wake up people, Erev Rav seems to have taken control and is now seeking excuses to render Jews more ignorant, delusional and keep them in a Jewish Ghetto, rendering service not to Hashem, but their new gods, the so called Rabbis who want only our good!
Sort out the crimes committed in our midst and safe the poor children, before wasting money on events like this!

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