Jews Against the Internet

I’m not sure what to make of this. From The Jewish Press:

Tens of thousands of Ultra-Orthodox Jews will participate in a huge rally to be held on Sunday evening, May 20, at Citi Field (Shea Stadium) in Queens, New York, to combat the evils of the Internet and the damages caused by advanced electronic devices.


The website JDN cites one of the event organizers who said: “This will be a mass rally never before seen in the history of Orthodox Jewry in the U.S. It will be a gathering of unity of all the Jews living in the U.S., a gathering to disseminate information and a prayer rally for the success of Klal-Israel’s war on the Technology which threatens the sanctity of the homes of Israel.”

The “Gdolei Israel” (leading sages) behind the conference have specifically ordered to schedule it for the eve of Rosh Chodesh Sivan, a day which is considered particularly fortuitous when it comes to children’s education, since the goal of their campaign is to save the generation from the ravages of advanced technology.

Every generation complains about the technologies of the next generation. I used to hear a neverending litany of complaints about kids watching television. Now it’s the internet. But to pack a stadium?

Romance at Mars Hill
Hallquist on Eich
Purity in Mississippi
All Cycles Come to an End
  • mikespeir

    They’re using the Internet to organize this thing??!!

    • unsteddy

      That’s exactly what I thought. Idiots…

      • blotonthelandscape

        I just thought “hehe… Jewry…”

    • JK

      I did get another meaning: They are not against the internet itself, but the bad bad things you can find there…

  • Izzy

    Prayer vs. Internet. Guess which one wins? And it is not even close!

  • Latrent

    Without advanced technology, the State of Israel wouldn’t exist. Have these sages considered they’d be giving up near instantaneous communication with the Jewish homeland? And finally, how “sage” can they be if they consider decades-old technology advanced?

  • UrsaMinor

    Oh, dear. They’re holding it in a stadium? Don’t they realize that stadia are an example of evil newfangled technology? They weren’t invented until the 8th century B.C.E., thousands of years after the creation of the world, and they allow unnatural acts of audition through the unholy science of acoustics.

    • FO

      Yup, they should at least set a date or something, otherwise all they will have left will be throwing rocks at the Internet before their naked bodies die of cold.

  • FO

    “Come fight the Internet, join our Facebook page!”

    It’s the first time I hear someone talk about the “War on Technology”.
    Are antibiotics and vaccines considered “technology”, or only electricity?

  • turtle

    You know what I find hilarious? But before I tell you, I should mention that I live in Queens, in a heavily Jewish neighborhood– and when I say that, I mean I live across the street from a Jewish Center, the next block down is a synagogue, the next block down is a Jewish version of the Y, the next block down is a combination synagogue/yeshiva/religious-education-center-thingy, and the next block is (I think) a Torah center for adult scholars. (The next block after that is an apartment building.)

    What I find hilarious is this: the combined religious education center is quite conservative. And they have a giant scrolling LED sign hung up that advertises lectures in video, mp3, and text format on their website, available for free download in English, Russian, or Hebrew, along with tons of other materials, as well as an online store.

    The ultra-Orthodox Jews can pray all they like, but they might want to talk to their co-religionists first…(Something they’ll never do, because they regard Jews less conservative than them as heretical scum. It makes me wonder if moderate Muslims/Christians/Hindus/etc dislike their super-religious sects as much as moderate Jews dislike the ultra-Orthodox. It must be a product of that “heretical scum!” thing.)

    • Len

      … a Jewish version of the Y …

      So like, YMJA? YMIA?

  • Kodie

    If they don’t like the internet, don’t use it! WTF rally?

    • FO

      That’s a main point of religious fundamentalism: “ALL OF YOU FUCKING SINNERS MUST DO WHATEVER THE FUCK I SAY!!!”

      • FO

        More in general, when you are so dead fucking wrong, the only way to convince yourself that you are right is to have everybody around you tell you that you are right.

        • Kodie

          People burning and destroying Beatles records, let’s keep trying this to see if it works. Then again, Amish people seem to live without modern technology. Are they trying to stop it for everyone or just the Jews? I don’t see really a conflict if they don’t want to be on the internet, from what I can tell, these people can stick to ridiculous rules really well. I mean, I’m not extremely observant (I mean, see them) of religious practices, but the Orthodox Jew wins a prize for being compulsively paranoid.

          • trj

            Well, if there’s one thing Jews can learn from their bible and from their own history, it’s that God will seriously fuck you up if you don’t do what he says*. No wonder some of them are obsessive about keeping his commands.

            *) And sometimes also if you actually do what he says, see: Job, David.

  • Troff

    The article doesn’t really specify the nature of said evils and dangers. Can anybody clarify please?

    • JohnMWhite

      The danger is you might learn something from it. Or see boobies.

      • Sunny Day

        Challenge accepted.

      • Troff

        Yes (and to Yoav also),

        but these idiots can’t just stand in a stadium and whip up a crowd with “you might learn something! Burn the heretics!”. So, what is there, they could possibly say to a crowd? What would they possibly list as being the nature of said threats?

    • Yoav

      Like in any other cult, the things the people on top are most scared off is the sheep having access to unfiltered information, it can lead to evils such as them having dangerous ideas like, why do let these a*sholes tell us what to do.

  • Wayne

    PACK a stadium?

    Anybody can rent a stadium, and tell the whole world they’re going to “pack” it … actually packing it is another matter altogether. It’s a little like saying you “played Carnegie Hall” … Anybody can rent Carnegie Hall and stand on stage and sing, but getting people to come is something else.

  • Robster

    The internet seems to freak the deluded out. The peroblem is that there’s free information available on any topic, including disbelief. They are freaked out that the recently indoctrinated and those with a history of deluded belief will be exposed to ‘other’ world views, including rationality. Perhaps they could go live in a cave, like the twats that made the nonsense up in the first place.

  • Revyloution

    Do they have a Facebook page that I can ‘like’? What’s their hashtag for twitter?

  • Mike de Fleuriot

    Someone should keep an eye on this event and see how many actually turn up for prayer, or whatever they want to do there. I think 10 of 1000′s might be a bit too much to expect.

  • The Other Weirdo

    First of all, as a Jew, they don’t speak for me, so no, Jews aren’t against the Internet. Right there, bad title. Some Jews are against the Internet, but that’s their fucking problem. Second of all, as an atheist Jew, they most fuckingly definitely don’t speak for me.

    • Elemenope

      I don’t mean to be a pedant…oh, who am I kidding. Let’s be pedantic.

      “Jews” is simply the plural of “Jew”. All it implies in the title sentence is that more than one Jew, perhaps a distinct group of Jews (ultra-Orthodox), share a particular negative view of the Internet.

      So the title is just fine.