Is the Internet Asifa a Scam?

I went to Shul in Ditmas Park (near Flatbush) this past shabbos and the related over a horrible story about a 15 year old bais yaakov girl led astray by her friend who pointed her to an unmentionable website. Her mother logged on the computer and had found that her daughter had visited the unmentionable website, not ever learning what the website was – we all speculated whether it was Facebook or some actual pornographic site, but we never learned the name. We only learned that the dangers of the Internet affect all of klal yisroel and that we need to do something about it. The Rabbi compared the internet to gun control and how you can’t just let anyone have a gun, interesting because most frummies are extremely anti-gun control.

So of course, me being the seeker of truth, I approached the rabbi after shul and asked him to explain the following conundrum I had. If the internet was a danger to all of Klal Yisroel, why was half the population not invited? I had just learned through an ad in the Flatbush Jewish Journal that the event was for Men Only, but the Rabbi fumbled around with answers. He offered me the lame “the gedolim must have had a good reason not to invite the women” and “there must be a problem with seating”. You mean to tell me they couldn’t figure out separate seating for an event at a 43,000 person stadium, I countered.


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