News Brief 12/29/2012, Tevet 16, 5773
Extremists Mount Anti-iPhone Campaign
A flyer distributed in synagogues throughout Betar Illit Friday declares "war" on the increasingly common practice of entering synagogues with smartphones. "Needless to say," it says, these people will not be given 'aliyot' – i.e., they will not be invited to recite blessings during the Torah readings, and will not be invited to lead the prayer, "even on their parents' yarzeit." It even warns that the children of transgressors will not be allowed to study with other children.