Gedolei Yisroel are issuing instructions to stop using
cell phones not approved by Vaadas HaRabbonim LeInyonei
Tikshoret now that Mirs, Pelephone and Cellcom all provide
kosher cellular services—and therefore there is an
alternative for everyone.
Vaadas HaRabbonim, which was appointed by gedolei
Torah from all streams and backgrounds, has been working
to reach a solution to avoid the stumbling-blocks brought
about by unapproved cell phones, which are exposed to the
spiritually detrimental elements of life far from Torah and
mitzvas. The rabbonim worked in cooperation with telecom and
computer experts as well as top jurists, including Attorney
Six months ago a breakthrough was made when Mirs announced
that it was willing to provide kosher cell phones and a block
of distinct phone numbers designated for the religious
public. After thousands of Jews heeded the calls by their
rabbonim to join Mirs, one month ago Pelephone and Cellcom
Now approved cell phones are readily available through three
large companies, with competition to keep costs low.
In light of the new development, Maran HaRav Eliashiv, the
Admor of Gur, HaRav Shmuel Halevy Wosner and HaRav Ovadia
Yosef issued an announcement on Tuesday warning against the
great danger inherent in cell phones, which have transformed
into a tool of destruction for yetzer hora, and
instructing those who must use cell phones to use only models
approved by Vaadas HaRabbonim.
This important achievement, which was intended to save Jewish
souls both young and old, is being hailed by both educators
and parents alike.