Yair Ettinger in Haaretz: (click through via Google to avoid the paywall)
On this Yom Kippur, ultra-Orthodox rabbis seek to banish a certain evil from their community – the iPhone. As worldwide worship of the gadget expands, Haredi rabbinical leaders are ramping up their struggle against smartphones and the Internet.
This week the newspaper Yated Neeman published a ruling by Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, a leading ultra-Orthodox rabbi. His front-page article, published under the headline “Burn the iPhone,” caused a stir. [...]
“He who stumbles into the Internet loses his eyes, heart and feelings toward all that is holy,” said Rabbi Shmuel (HaLevi ) Wosner. “Users have no place in the next world.”
Personally, I like my new iPhone.