t is no coincidence that Klal Yisrael has gathered asone to unite in facing the challenges of modern tech-nology at precisely this moment. We stand in the ﬁnaldays before our annual renewal of
.Our unanimous declaration of
over 3,300years ago was our deﬁning moment as a nation. Yet
88a) point out that generations later,Klal Yisrael was moved to rea
rm their dedication toHashem and His Torah.
roughout our generations of wandering since weentered this long and bitter
our nation has beenfaced with many trials. Only by standing together andremaining ﬁrmly entrenched in the faith of our fathershave we persevered. Yet today we ﬁnd ourselvesthreatened by a test of frightening magnitude, one thathas already done untold harm to our people. It is an un-seen adversary that jeopardizes our very existence.Once again we are standing at a crossroads, a deﬁningmoment in the history of our nation. Our
haverisen to the challenge and called upon us, the rank andﬁle of Klal Yisrael, to join them in taking up the ﬁght. Andon a personal level, this is a deﬁning moment in the livesof each one of us. By joining the a
we are rea
rmingour dedication to the principles of the Torah, and we arerenewing our proud rallying call of
We areshowing the world yet again that through our dedicationwe are truly worthy of being the nation of Hashem andthe bearers of his Torah.In the words of the
e dark-ness will cover the land and gloom over the nations, buton you will Hashem shine and His honor will we visibleupon you.” We are at a time when the world is coveredwith darkness, when it eagerly embraces a harmful anddestructive path. Yet Klal Yisrael is prepared to standapart, to buck the trend and ﬁght the current. For this,the
promises us, we will earn that our paths be il-luminated by the light of Hashem and we will merit thatHis glory will rest upon us.
To place this evening in its proper perspective,the following critical points must be underscored:
It must be made clear before we introduce the varioussolutions that will be o
ered for the internet, such as ﬁl-ters and blocks, that these are not true “solutions.”
eydo not solve the internet problem.
e only real “solution”is to ban all access to the internet. And that, in fact, is whateach of us who can do so must do.A yeshiva
, kollel fellow or a
Torah, allof whom are not required to have internet for their job,should not own or come in contact with any devices ca-pable of accessing the internet — with or without ﬁlters.
ere is no excuse for using the internet where it is notabsolutely necessary.
Internet access must be viewed as a “
,” an ab-solute last resort where there is no other possible means.
e only reason we discuss ﬁlters and other solutions al-together is to accommodate businesspeople and the like
Welcome to what promises to be the mostmomentous evening of your life!
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