YishmorEini – a Lakewood based program which monitors users’ Internet activity via a Rav’s review – has come to the Westgate community, YishmorEini confirmed to TLS. The community based program which is led by the Rav of each community, is a program where each member is assigned a unique number, and only the appointed Rav is aware of the identity of the person to which the number corresponds to. When a member installs the award winning Covenant Eyes software onto their computer, the program sends a biweekly report to the YishmorEini monitoring team for review.
“The monitoring team does not know whose reports they are reviewing, as the reports are labeled by number only”, Yishmoreini founders tells TLS. “If, and only if, there is a report that is problematic, will the report be forwarded to the Rav assigned to that specific number”. “This way, one is assured that when using the Internet responsibly, his activity remains completely private”. On the flip side, “he is also aware, that should he c”v uses the Internet inappropriately, his Rav will receive his report”.
Reb Yochanan Ben Zakkai told his talmidim “May the fear of heaven be upon you, like the fear of mortal man”. The trait of busha is in and part of the DNA of every yid. Indeed, one of the most powerful tools in combating the Yetzer Hora – the fear of man.
A mere 30 years ago, many a temptation for sin was thwarted by fear of being seen or discovered. One had to go out of his home in pursuit of his desires and hope that he won’t be noticed or recognized along the way. In 1993 with the creation of the “world wide web” it all changed. Now one can get whatever his heart desires right in the safety and privacy of his own home or office. The element of busha and “fear of man” has disappeared.
The concept of having an “Ayin Ro’eh” – a partner or guardian, has often been proposed as a tool to help battle the larger-than-life nisoyon of immorality online.
“No one would view inappropriate sites if their friend was looking over their shoulder”, YishmorEini says. “However, as the Internet gains more widespread use for everyday needs such as shopping and research, the idea of a stranger viewing such personal information is not favorable to many”. “Hence, YishmorEini has come up with a simple yet powerful way to keep the fear of man, but without the intrusion of privacy”.
To date over 35 Rabbanim and communities have partnered with YishmorEini to help their Kehilla use the Internet responsibly.
The following shuls in Lakewood have already implemented the YishmorEini program:
Harav Simcha Bunim Cohen – K’hal Ateres Yeshaye
Harav Shlomo Gissinger – K’hal Zichron Yaakov
Harav Nechemiah Gottlieb – Unaffiliated Members
Harav Yosef Greenfield – Chestnut
Harav Eli Herzka – Me’or Chaim
Harav Shlomo Kadosh – Westgate (New!!!)
Harav Moshe Chaim Kahan – Bais Shalom V’Rayus
Harav Avrohom Kammer – Central Court Shul (Bais Medrash Nachlas Yaakov)
Harav Shloime Lowy – Presidential Estates Se’fard
Harav Avrohom Miller- Brookhill Estates Ashkenaz (Bais Medrash Kol Yehuda)
Harav Menachem Mintz – Coventry Shul (Mishkoltz)
Harav Noach Witty – Raintree (Coming soon!)
Harav Moshe Shimon Wosner – Chateau Park Se’fard
Harav Yosef Zimbal – Westgate (New!!!)
Harav Aaron Zuckerman – K’hal Zichron Pinchas