By COLlive reporter
It’s either the Rebbe or the internet.
Chabad bochurim who will be traveling to be spending the month of Tishrei in New York won’t be allowed to use a smartphone with internet access.
The decision was made by the Vaad Talmidei Hatmimim organization, which supervises their stay in New York, along with the hanhalos of Chabad Yeshivos in Israel, Kfar Chabad Magazine reported.
Bochurim, who pay for their own flights, will be required to agree to this rule when they sign up to be included in the learning arrangements, eating and sleeping accommodations of the Vaad.
“This clause in the terms of the Vaad was entered upon consultation with the hanhalos of the Yeshivos,” said Rabbi Mendel Kanelsky, Director of the Vaad’s activities in Israel.
He said the decision was made “following the lessons of the past, and because the SIM cards in New York aren’t compatible with the protected regular phones.”
Rabbi Kanelsky said the Vaad has purchased a large number of devices that will be usable in the United States but will be blocked from internet access.
The regular phones will be available for purchase when the bochurim arrive in New York.
“We are making sure that as part of the spiritual aspect, there will be organized learning and adherence to the times, as the Rebbe instructed,” Rabbi Tzvi Altein, chairman of the Vaad, told Kfar Chabad Magazine.