Senior Haredi Rabbi to Followers: Burn your iPhones

Apple’s smartphone market share in Israel has suffered another potential blow, following public censure by one of the most senior haredi rabbis in the country.

Rabbi Haim Kanievsky, who ranks in some estimations among the five most influential rabbinic authorities, issued a public notice on Sunday saying that anyone who owns the company’s iPhone device should burn it.

In the pronouncement, published on the front page of Yated Ne’eman – the most influential haredi newspaper – as well as several other ultra-Orthodox dailies, Kanievsky said it was forbidden to own an iPhone, comparing the device to weapons of war in its potential to cause harm.

The rabbi said his ruling came following several questions put to him by businessmen asking whether it is permissible to use the device according to Jewish law.


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