Chasidic Jews

Will Asifa Net Results?

At Citi Field event, signs abounded that the web is deeply ingrained in haredi life.

Special To The Jewish Week

In Hebrew, English and Yiddish, speaker after speaker inveighed against the evils of the Internet in the most strident of tones before 40,000 haredi men at Citi Field on Sunday night. The Internet was called “a minefield of immorality,” “the opposite of kedusha” [holiness], “shmutz” [filth] and, in the words of Ecclesiastes, “vanity of vanities.”

A crowd of 40,000 haredi men Sunday heard Orthodox leaders inveighing against the Internet. Getty Images

Take Me Out Of The Ballgame


The notion of 40,000 haredi and chasidic men coming out on a lovely Sunday evening to Citi Field — a sell-out crowd — not to watch a Mets game but to decry the evils of the Internet makes the attendees of this week’s rally an easy target for ridicule to many people. After all, the Internet is a reality, and prayer and preaching won’t make it go away.

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