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  2/24/2014, Adar 24, 5774

Chief Rabbi: Cell Phones Interfere with Torah Study


Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yoseph said, Sunday, that having a cellular telephone causes interference with Torah study [Hebrew Bitul Torah: literally cancelling of Torah -ed.]. Speaking at a conference, Rabbi Yoseph said that he does not carry a cell phone all the time.

The chief rabbi spoke out against teachers and religious-court judges who have cell phones without Internet filters, adding that the judges should not go to judges' conferences with such devices. He told the yeshiva heads that students should not bring cell phones when they study, and if they do, they should, at least, turn them off.

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