Sunday, October 14, 2012

Rabbi Amnon Yitzchak and his iPhone

The Yemenite Ba'al Teshuva Rabbi Amnon Yitzchak sitting in his BMW. From time to time, he is looking at his iPhone. 

From R. Amnon Yitzchak's SHOFAR.NET, justifying that the Rabbi is allowed to use an iPhone.


The Yemenite Ba'al Teshuva Rabbi Amnon Yitzchak is famous for being a "cash cow". Blessings for cash and collecting donations from all over the world by telling how great he is. His own community, the Rabbi commanded not to keep any iPhone or other Smartphone, as this would lead to sin. However, if it concerns himself, Rabbi Amnon Yitzchak doesn't seem to be that strict. He has his own iPhone and got caught. 

In order to justify himself he claims that the great Posek, the livtishe Rabbi Aharon Yehudah Leib Steinman, allowed him (Amnon Yitzchak) to use an iPhone. Further, Rabbi Yitzchak explained that he needs the phone in order to convince other Jews to do Teshuva (repentance).

The question is whether a Jew willing to do Teshuva and talking to Rabbi Amnon Yitzchak on the phone may be aware of talking to an iPhone. Does an iPhone actually influence other Jews to do Teshuva ? I didn't know that an iPhone has so much power. No wonder I still haven't done Teshuva Shlema walking around with a Samsung Galaxy S3.:-)

Further link:

Rabbi Amnon Yitzchak and the barren woman

Rabbi Amnon Yitzchak and the tax authorities

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