Thursday, November 30, 2006

Phase III: The Disappearing Teivah

I received an email with this excellent piece from R' Yaakov Horowitz. Read the whole thing - it's truly a top-notch essay. Excerpts:

At one point in the session, Rabbi Orlewik and I were sharing the podium while responding to a series of hard-hitting questions. Then, someone got up and asked us to share our thoughts regarding the subject of the Internet (to-ban-or-not-to-ban?).

At that time, there was a great deal of discussion in the broader Orthodox community about how to respond to the challenge of the Internet, and an immediate hush passed through the audience. You could have heard a pin drop in the room as three hundred sets of eyes focused on Rabbi Orlewik and myself. Well, my mother didn’t raise a fool, so I boldly stepped forward, firmly grabbed the microphone ……… and passed it to Rabbi Orlewik.


With the advent of technology, I propose there simply is no teivah anymore. I think that we are deluding ourselves if we think that our children are protected by the fact that we screen what comes into our homes (as we most certainly ought to) and enroll our children in fine yeshivos.
There's plenty more. Read the whole thing.


  1. From the excerpt I can see he has a sense of humour. Thanks for the link, it's always interesting to hear the discussion on the internet.

  2. Great piece, though nothing that we haven't known before. Though, its still always nice to hear it from a rabbi, and he seems to take it very seriously.

  3. Rabbi Horowitz is the real deal. In 1994, when we were searching for the right mesivta for our older son to attend, he was very gracious in taking our phone calls and giving detailed advice as the process moved along.