What is Truth: Part II
I keep getting questions as to whether I am going to shut my blog down, give up internet, or only have internet outside of my home. The answer is a big NO on all three. Yes I know that the various agencies have issued their rulings, and for the moment I am choosing to ignore them. Here is why.
First I have a five year Teuda(certificate). Which means I don’t have to get rechecked for it for another five years. I got said Teuda before the various agencies issued their first(sudden) change in policy which required all sofrim to have a filter on their internet(which I already had). Granted I didn’t buy the one that they were pitching at the Asifa, I have the one that comes with Norton, because it is superior.
Second I have a heter from my Rosh Yeshiva to have internet in the home for the reasons of Kibud Av V’Em. In short neither my wife nor I have any family to speak of here in Israel. Our parents, and my children’s grandparents are all in the US. Phone bills to the US can be quite astronomically expensive. However via Skype(or in our case ooVoo) not only are those calls free, but my children can speak face to face with their grandparents for free, and daily.
Third in keeping with the rulings of Rav Eliashiv ZTzUK”L, Rav Ovadia Shlit”a and Rav Shternbuch Shlit”a, American Olim should continue to follow the leniencies that they were accustomed to when they lived in the US. Since the Roshei Yeshivot of the Mir and Lakewood, as well as Rav Katzin decided to permit internet(filtered) in the home in the US before I made Aliyah, and that was my custom there. There is no reason to change it now, especially given the other mitigating factors.
Fourth in order to get a certificate one needs a letter of recommendation from a Rav(or other certified sofer). My own came from my Rosh Yeshiva who as I stated above, has given me a heter for internet in the home. His words when I discussed this development with him were that I need not worry about their latest Chumrot until it was time to renew my Teuda. I fulfilled their requirements when they gave it to me, and they have no right to change those ex-post facto. Much like Rabbinut Semikha, despite it being made increasingly harder to obtain, they cannot impose those new requirements on those who have already attained it.
Finally I have five years. In short hopefully by then I will be able to pass the Rabbinut Semikha exam on Safrut and thus not need to worry about an outside agency to grant me legitimacy.