From the Anash.org Inbox: “Perhaps it is hashgocho protis that WhatsApp’s “channels” feature went live in the middle of Aseres Yimei Teshuvah. It gives us the opportunity to take a step back and reassess.”
By A Concerned Chossid
Dear bochurim, chasidim, anash and shluchim,
For a number of years now, WhatsApp has been thought of and known as the “kosher form of social media”.
There are some of us who have been spending far too much time on this app; time that can be so well used for much more productive things — both materially and spiritually.
But the yetzer hara is the consummate professional, an uman bimilachto! He tells us it’s all kosher…
(The popularity of WhatsApp in the frum world is precisely because it was largely protected from what one is exposed to on social media).
Today, that is no longer the case. While there can and will be other excuses, we now can’t honestly say it’s kosher. Now, when we are finished looking at the new statuses (we don’t want to miss anything, do we?), we are offered to join Netflix’s channel with a small flick of our thumb. Of course, there are countless other channels of similar nature. This is available to anyone, of any age and stage.
As frumeh yidden and chassidim, let’s reassess if we can really not live without WhatsApp.
Perhaps it is hashgocho protis that the channels feature went live in the middle of Aseres Yimei Teshuvah. Let us be a good example for those around us; our bochurim and our girls.
Let’s think if we really need WhatsApp and all that comes along with it.
Who has the strength?
With brochos for a Gmar chasima tova.