Posted on | March 18, 2006 | By Mark Frankel | 104 Comments
Let’s be honest, if you’re reading this site you’re probably not a proponent of the Internet Ban. You might be believe in cautious usage and place heavy restrictions on what your children do on the ‘Net, but a ban fan you’re not.
Let’s take a second and give the other side the benefit of the doubt. I know it’s hard, but I think it is consistent with Torah principals. Let’s assume that the people who think a ban makes sense are intelligent, well meaning people, who dedicate a great part of their lives to getting closer to Hashem and helping others do the same. If we can accept that, then we would probably could assume that there are probably some good Torah-true reasons that a ban makes sense.
Yes I know to many, a ban never makes sense, but where’s the other side holding? Let’s look at the Internet Ban as a sugya that we’re trying to really, really understand – and we can’t get away with just saying it’s schver (difficult).
So how do you understand that well meaning, intelligent, G-d fearing Jews are in favor of an Internet ban? What are the good reasons for a ban? What do ban proponents see as their alternatives? How would you enforce a policy such as no Internet, if you believed it was the right thing to do?
(As always – please phrase your comments in a respectful tone.)