All the talk this past Shabbos was that a local yeshiva sent out a letter requiring all parents to sign up for Web Chaver (link), a service that records every website you visit and sends it weekly to someone you select. This is expected to shame you into avoiding inappropriate websites. Reasonable people can disagree whether this decision is overly intrusive, I tend to think that it is not because you can choose your recipient and, frankly, off the top of my head I came up with two ways to get around the system (I won’t tell how and please don’t give instructions in the comments to this post). That’s not what interests me.
To me, the point is that I am not aware of any yeshiva that has sent around a list of acceptable TV stations you can watch. Why not? Because they have not given up on condemning television entirely. Evidently, this moderate Charedi yeshiva has rightly reached the conclusion that the internet is a part of life today and their community cannot or will not function with it. Therefore, the school is encouraging families to use it responsibly. This is a welcome trend, even if the details may require further work.
Ground Zero Mosque
I wonder if the people so opposed to the so-called Ground Zero Mosque have ever been to downtown Manhattan? The site of this proposed mosque is not particularly near Ground Zero. Consider the map below.
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The Century 21 department store is closer to Ground Zero than the mosque. I used to work in 7 World Trade and frequently passed the church that is much closer than the mosque. And the Broadway Kosher Cafe, which connects through the back to Torah UMesorah and its popular mincha minyan, is just as close as the mosque. But since it is offending so many people, can’t a compromise be found? Is there really no possible location that is a little farther from Ground Zero?