Vos Iz Neias has been banned by a group of rabbis including:
- R. Yaakov Perlow, Novominsker Rebbe
- R. Shmuel Kamenetsky, Rosh Yeshiva of Philadelphia Yeshiva
- R. Malkiel Kotler, Rosh Yeshiva of Lakewood
- R. Aharon Schechter, Rosh Yeshiva of Chaim Berlin
- R. Matisyahu Solomon, Mashgiach of Lakewood
- R. David Shustal, Rosh Yeshiva of Lakewood
- R. Yerucham Olshin, Rosh Yeshiva of Lakewood
I’ve been following VosIzNeias for a long time and I’m a bit baffled by all the accusations made against it. It could use comment moderation but the other charges seem foreign to me. Can anyone translate the full text (click to enlarge it)? I don’t have the time right now. Thank you.
The danger of the Internet has long been known and publicized, that through it one could easily reach places that are incredibly filthy and fall into the pit of corruption, G-d forbid; and a proclamation by great rabbis has already come out regarding the serious prohibition for anyone who does not need this tool for anything other than absolute business, it is prohibited to use; and even someone who needs it for business, it must be completely filtered of any prohibited matter or image, and must be used entirely and only for business, nothing else.
Yet the Satan has found a way, that a site exists on the Internet known as “Vos Is Naiz”, as if it were founded only to spread news of the Jewish world; yet it contains a hidden ambush — as with the news, it includes stories and events of the corrupt, abdominable, and lowly; full of contamination, filth, foul language; slander, gossip, and degrading of Torah scholars; it also prints libels and slander regarding Torah individuals and organizations. Similarly the comments written there are filled with adultery and slander, and increase fights in Israel, putting everyone’s dirty laundry in public. It also writes against officers and politicians under whose favor we live, to ruin their repuation; the disgrace of G-d’s name is immense and mighty.
We are pained the the owner of this website operates in the darkness, and violates “Cursed is he who strikes his friend secretly”; we are pained that we don’t know who this individual is that we could warn him, push him away, or chase him to decimation; as our holy Torah deems appropriate for those who cause the public to fall to sin; it is obvious that the obligation rests on anyone who knows to come to a rabbinic court and make this known, just as the Torah states, “should he not testify, he shall bear his terrible sin.”
We have thus come to make clear our opinion, that of the holy Torah as we see it:
IT IS A SERIOUS PROHIBITION TO GIVE ANY ADVERTISMENT OR OTHERWISE WORK WITH THESE PEOPLE, AS THIS ENABLES THE WICKED AND ASSISTS EVILDOERS, THUS REINFORCING THEIR FILTHY ACTIONS; SO TOO, DO NOT BUY FROM ANY ADVERTISERS THERE.
It goes without saying that it is a great and terrible prohibition to read this website, besides the general prohibition against any Internet use other than for business purposes; and he who heeds this shall be granted pleasantness and blessing.
May G-d, Blessed is He, have compassion and pity on His people of Israel, and redeem it from all woe; and return His people soon and may be merit to a complete redemption soon, Amen.