Religious Jewish group takes aim at home computing

Tuesday, May 22, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect in Israel is urging its followers to get rid of their home computers, insisting that the machines represent a "spiritual danger" to the community.

Known as the Gerrer Hasidim, the group is especially concerned by home Internet connections that a number of its members have established, reported Ha'aretz.

While the leader of the sect has decided not to ban personal computers and Internet use outright, he has issued a directive for every synagogue affiliated with the movement to send out pairs of well-spoken men to persuade other followers to abandon treacherous devices.

The Gerrer Hasidim have already agreed to not allow televisions in their homes.

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