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Saturday, May 31, 2014 

Haredi rabbis ask women to limit internet use

And this was at a conference with a most bewildering setup:
Ultra-Orthodox rabbis sought to enlist ultra-Orthodox women in their push to limit Internet use at a rally in Boro Park, Brooklyn on May 29, saying that women are responsible for controlling web access by their husbands and families.

Speaking to a crowd of 10,000 women, a panel of rabbis warned of the dangers posed by the web, but stopped short of banning smart phones and Internet outright.

Rabbis told anecdotes of mothers ignoring their children while using their phones, drawing gasps from the audience, according to one attendee.

The so-called Technology Asifa, organized by the same group of ultra-Orthodox religious leaders and activists who drew 40,000 men to Citi Field in Queens for an anti-Internet rally in 2012, filled a warehouse belonging to the Bobov Hasidic sect on the outskirts of Boro Park.

The speakers, all of whom were male, addressed the crowd from behind a one-way mirror, according to a report in the Orthodox newspaper Hamodia. The women in the audience could see the men speaking, while the men speaking could only see reflections of themselves.
What we have here is another example of Haredis making censor-happy dummies of themselves replete with low self esteem about their ability to look a woman in the face as they make their arguments. And again, we have another example of them potentially worried about "porn" on the net, along with general knowledge, but not about safety from violent crime, to be sure. I don't know how many women who attended will fulfill their requests, but they're still being foolish to listen to muddled men who can't even bring themselves to speak to women directly.

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