What is Truth?
I got a bit of a shock today, I am no longer a certified sofer. What is more I am not qualified to become a certified sofer, and my writing is of questionable(and I am being generous) kashrut. Why? I have internet. Apparently in a very recent decision(like the past three days) Mishmeret STaM, Yad Rafael, and Mishmeret Sofrim, the three primary certification agencies, have decided to revoke the certification of any sofer who has or, and this is the kicker, USES the internet in ANY way even to simply send email.
One is advised by these three agencies to clarify with the writing sofer before purchase whether he uses internet in anyway and if he does, even to simply send email, not to purchase from him, as he is to be considered an apikorus who does not follow the spirit of Torah(I will try to update this later with a picture of one of the anouncements from one of the agencies saying this), and thus his kativa is to be considered possul. Oh and I checked, what kind of filter or Rabbinic heter you may have for using the internet does not matter, such a person can no longer be a kosher sofer.
Yes I know that the Jerusalem representative of Mishmeret Stam has a website and he even runs part of a blog. I have been unable to clarify how he got an exemption as I have been told that there are none.
Which brings me to my personal moral quandry of what to do. I cannot simply get rid of the internet, a significant part of my parnassa is obtained through the internet, and that may soon increase even more so. Also there is the issue of Kibud Av V’Em(honoring one’s father and mother), my kids cannot talk on the phone, they are all way too young, however they can skype with their grandparents(which is free by the way) and thus that is the primary way that my wife and I stay in contact with our American families. So do I play the don’t ask don’t tell game(one Rav advised me to do that). But then that doesn’t seem very honest at all. So I don’t know what to do.