Let’s talk about the ultra orthodox community a bit. I was really interested in this subject because i didn’t know too much about it.
My first impression was in Jerusalem. As it was super hot i was wearing short trouser and i got the name of “shiksa”, it means not Jewish woman, and it’s kind of an insult (bitch, you know). Religion, that’s it, you need to accept it!
Last time when i was there, i was a bit lost, so i asked some people to show me the way to the bus station. Usually they don’t speak English, or just a little, the children are covering their eyes…it’s quite difficult to make contact, especially with women if they give you the devil eye. Thanks God for having GPS at least.
The ultra orthodox Jewish are not going to the army, basically they are living from their religion. They give almost the 10% of Israel population and most of the people doesn’t recognize Israel as a real state of country.
What about Facebook?
In 2011 an 25 years old programmer came up with the concept of a new social network, of course in a kosher way, The Kosher Facebook. “We started thinking about a religious social network, where there would be no indecent pictures, and which would guarantee that men could not see photos posted by women, and vice versa.” Yes, true story, the women and men are separated from each other. There are some strict rules on the site. You can’t post pictures which one let it show too much skin, or any inappropriate word. Don’t brake the rules, or you will be kicked out!
It it interesting, right?
Did you hear about the new Kosher Smartphones?
Let’s see what’s the difference between a kosher and non kosher smartphone.
The smartphone needs to be de-smarted, they open it and modify it. Basically you can use it for receiving and making calls, texting, checking your mails and using apps.
“The phones have access to a special application store that contains only applications that Rami Levy’s rabbinic advisors have deemed appropriate. Digital banking, satellite navigation, interfaces for booking health appointments and Haredi-style religious reading are in; secular news and most other general content is out. There are currently 600 approved apps, and the company hopes to increase that eventually to 20,000.”
How people can get one?
“To apply for one, you have to complete a form outlining your reasons for needing a smart phone, and secure the approval of your rabbi, whose name and phone number must be written down so that the company’s supervising rabbis can decide whether they think that you can be trusted to use it responsibly. They accept work-related reasons, but not requests for recreational — or what they deem frivolous — use. They decline applications from young yeshiva students who are meant to be focused on their religious studies but do consider older applicants.”
I also read an article about that Whatsapp is getting to be more and more popular among ultra orthodox users.