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Israel - Rabbis to Boycott Weddings of Grooms Caught With Cellphone

Published on: January 21, 2011 09:09 AM
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Israel - Rabbi Aharon Shteinman, head of the Lithuanian Orthodox yeshivot, has warned his students that he and his educational staff will not attend the wedding of any student caught with a cellular phone inside the yeshiva.

According to a haredi source, the new regulation was not adopted by all yeshivot. “The regulation isn’t being applied by the two biggest ones – Ponevezh and Hebron – due to the parents’ difficulty to locate their sons through a public phone, so in those yeshivot a cell phone is permissible.”

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The same source noted that the regulation is directed mainly at engaged yeshiva students, who are busy planning their weddings while using their cell phones freely on the premises, prompting their friends to do the same.

“The yeshiva heads cannot threaten to expel an engaged guy from the institute because he is undeterred by such threats at this stage of his life. Therefore, they have decided to threaten them with the sanction of ordering the yeshiva’s spiritual staff not to attend the wedding.”

The decision has already been implemented by the Orchot Torah Yeshiva, which has more than 500 students.



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 Jan 21, 2011 at 09:19 AM Anonymous Says:

Finally!

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 Jan 21, 2011 at 09:23 AM YOELYG Says:

Wow,,, excellent idea, hope all chsidisha yesivos & rabbis will do the same מי כעמך ישראל

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 Jan 21, 2011 at 09:36 AM charliehall Says:

This will reduce the cost of weddings.

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 Jan 21, 2011 at 09:37 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
YOELYG Says:

Wow,,, excellent idea, hope all chsidisha yesivos & rabbis will do the same מי כעמך ישראל

Yeee mi kamacha yisroel! Who outlaw the use of convience of a cell phone! Moshiach is on his way! Hahahaha u are out of ur mind. Worry about ur davening learning and tzedaka and bein Adam lchaveiro and then u can say mi kamcha yisroel.

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 Jan 21, 2011 at 09:39 AM ben torah Says:

Gevaldig!

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 Jan 21, 2011 at 09:52 AM Anonymous Says:

“The yeshiva heads cannot threaten to expel an engaged guy from the institute because he is undeterred by such threats at this stage of his life". It seems we have a biger problem than the phones. Lack of respect for our Rabbonim. Can you even imagine a Yeshiva head telling a Bochur not to do something and he ignores it? What is going on? What good is their learning?

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 Jan 21, 2011 at 10:52 AM Ben58 Says:

So the learning is all a shpiel to get engaged to a "good girl"?

This is the world we live in.

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 Jan 21, 2011 at 11:40 AM anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
Ben58 Says:

So the learning is all a shpiel to get engaged to a "good girl"?

This is the world we live in.

Not only to a good girl but a girl with "geld" otherwise no shidduch. Gevaldig with lowering tyhe marriagable to 15, and chas v'sholem serve in the IDF mi keamcho yisroel.

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 Jan 21, 2011 at 11:47 AM Anonymous Says:

Whats the big deal in Israel they only have kosher cell phones

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 Jan 21, 2011 at 11:50 AM VoiceofReason Says:

Love the idea. Wedding costs are out of control anyway - cut down the guest list!

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 Jan 21, 2011 at 12:05 PM rebitzen Says:

Forget the phones. The cost of weddings can be reduced if the rabbis refused to attend any wedding costing more than one thousand dollars. But that will never happen, guess why ?

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 Jan 21, 2011 at 12:11 PM MazelKGH Says:

I don't have a cell phone and I survive quite well. In fact, probably better than those that do. I am much happier and more relaxed. Now, let me go check when Verizon gets the iPhone. Yippee!

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 Jan 21, 2011 at 12:22 PM 1LofaRide Says:

Huh! What is the correlation between talking on the phone and wedding costs?

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 Jan 21, 2011 at 01:46 PM Anonymous Says:

Let him focus on yidishkiet if I'm not mistaken he is one of the biggest supporters of zionisim which Rabii Yoel ZTL said its from the biggest Aveiros

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 Jan 21, 2011 at 01:50 PM kalman1 Says:

Reply to #7  
Ben58 Says:

So the learning is all a shpiel to get engaged to a "good girl"?

This is the world we live in.

no, you are making a mistake in logic. learning is not a shpiel to get engaged to a "good girl", not using a phone which may lead to expulsion is a "shpiel" to get engaged to a "good girl"

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 Jan 21, 2011 at 01:58 PM shvigger Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

Yeee mi kamacha yisroel! Who outlaw the use of convience of a cell phone! Moshiach is on his way! Hahahaha u are out of ur mind. Worry about ur davening learning and tzedaka and bein Adam lchaveiro and then u can say mi kamcha yisroel.

Much easier to daven and learn without the disturbance of cell phones.

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 Jan 21, 2011 at 03:26 PM ChasidicTzioni Says:

Of course if the bochurs parents have a lot of money the rosh yeshivos will kinda not even see the cellphone in the 1st place. wake up rabbis. cellphones are reality. at least chazal understood the concept that you can't make a gezeira that rov tzibur won't hold. that in itself denigrates daas torah. is it better to stand in line for a half hour, wasting torah time? that's what bochurim did when i was in yeshiva.

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 Jan 21, 2011 at 03:30 PM Anonymous Says:

Now all we have to do is teach these young men a skill set so they will be able to earn a living & support a family, and not have their hand out to their parents & in-laws.No where is it written that you can not work and learn.It is time that we stopped raiing a generation of "Darmuzyadiks" a Poloishe vort for people who eat for nothing!

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 Jan 22, 2011 at 12:20 PM Berl Says:

No one here seems to understand what this is all about, plain and simple, when in the Yeshiva during learning sessions the students are supposed to be using their time to learn, instead of learning they are making wedding arrangements which is the job of their parents or which should be done during not learning hours. Imagine if these students held jobs and did this during work hours, they would get fired. Expulsion from Yeshiva is not an option they are leaving anyhow so the Rosh Yeshiva threatens not to attend which is a slap in the face.
While they are busy trying to motivate the students to learn in a proper manner, they should use the same threat on students who smoke in the Yeshiva and rent cars during the semester.
#11 also mentioned making restrictions against extravagance and this is an excellent idea too!

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 Jan 22, 2011 at 04:46 PM dcgruen Says:

It's gone too far now. Phones have their use and can easily be turned off when a bachur is learning.

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 Jan 22, 2011 at 11:34 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #16  
shvigger Says:

Much easier to daven and learn without the disturbance of cell phones.

Then don't bring ur phone in to the beis medrash

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 Jan 23, 2011 at 07:41 AM Mayer Alter Says:

Excellent. Now we will be able to give kibbudim to our family and friends not the "spiritual staff" who always demand the choicest kibbudim, the Rosh Yeshiva/Mashgiach will only come if he gets siddur kiddushin/krias kesuba/bracha achrita etc., then turn up hours late without a care in the world for any one else.

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