Monday, September 29, 2008

Shana Tova

As always, I have a few drafts waiting to be worked on!
Bli Neder after Rosh Hashanah, I will get something up.
In the meantime,

Happy and Healthy New Year To All!!!

May this year be filled with geula, simcha, mazal, bracha, and all the good stuff for Klal Yisrael.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Stop The Charade

I know, I know- a post with this title can go many many ways...especially coming from a cynic living in Brooklyn.
However, today I have chosen the topic of the Internet...yet again.

Ask anyone in Lakewood willing to admit he has the internet-- his response? "I need it for business." Riiight, so you learn full-time, but you need it for "business."

Why won't people just admit that the internet is pretty much a necessity?!?!

No stupid charades about needing it for business. Whom do you think you're fooling? You need it, you need it. Nobody should harass you about it.

Saying that nobody should have the internet because of the porn and other unsavory things available is like telling a guy he can't go to Shoprite because he may be overcome with a craving to try Hormel Chili.

I understand, yes, the internet is a threat. Even a recent issue of Redbook credited the boom in the porn industry to the internet.

Anyone who has internet in their house HAS used it for purposes other than business. Shopping, recipes, e-mail, general research. There are many clean, innocent uses for the internet.

Why is that so hard to believe??
Why do people assume that someone who has the internet in his home is -- or will become --a porn addict?!

These wives in Lakewood have every right to use the internet. I'm sure online shopping is a tremendous relief for those with full work schedules and B"H children who are quickly outgrowing their clothing.

Not that I'm too hot on matching outfits, but imagine how much easier it is for the typical working mother in any frum community to be able to buy all the kids' clothes at once, rather than going to the store to find they have Shloime and Rivky's sizes, but not Yankel's and Devorah's?

Then there are the new comings of "KosherNet" - hopefully a little more foolproof. If that helps, Kol HaKavod.

Yes, having the Internet at home can make porn more accessible. I am not singing the praises of the Internet (although I could, if you'd like me to) I'm simply saying that people should stop making believe that they only have it for business. They don't. And that's OKAY!