Consultation Of Virtual Rabbis On The Rise; Internet Ban Not Working

The UPI reports:

More and more ultra-Orthodox Israeli Jews are consulting "virtual
rabbis" via the Internet, a study sponsored by an Internet and Judaism
conference found.

The survey found that 25 percent of respondents regularly consulted
a "virtual rabbi," 7 percent checked Internet forums for answers to
religious questions, and these numbers are on the rise. Traditional
methods were still more widely used, however, with 33 percent
consulting the community rabbi and 35 percent researching for answers
in books, the Hebrew news site Ynet reported.

Another statistic on the rise was the number of rabbis who surfed
the Internet at home. According to the survey, conducted by the First
Conference on the Subject of Judaism, Society and the Internet, 74
percent of ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) rabbis had home computers, while a
whopping 84 percent of national religious rabbis did, the site said.

The conference dealt with the question faced by traditionally
religious people all over the world: Does the Internet undercut the
basic values of the faith, or does it help religious communities move
one step ahead? The results of conference surveys were also posted on
the conference Web site, "Skullcap."

Another survey of 1,000 religious Web surfers presented at the
conference found that 88 percent do not use content filters to shield
themselves from undesirable material, the news site said. Of those who
do, 9.5 percent filter every family member’s surfing, and only 2.5
percent use the filters just for their children.

It seems the gedolim’s Internet ban is not working.


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