Sep 11, 2017

expanding the control in Bnei Braq

Actualic has a report of the new "takanon", directives, put out by the City of Bnei Braq for the students in its kindergarten system and their families.

While usually such sets of directives are employed by private schools and not normally by official iryah or State schools, in Bnei Braq things are different.

A few points are mentioned, but the one thing I find surprising is the requirement that grandparents must have a kosher cellphone (rather than a regular smartphone).

The response of the Iryah is that the takanon is nothing new and it is based on requests of the majority of the parents in the city.

a. I wonder how they took this poll of the parents of the city to determine that a majority of them had all these various requests and demands. Did parents get a referendum to vote upon? Did a few people complain and they suddenly became the majority? How does this work?

b. the attempt to control everybody and their surroundings is taking an additional step, with it being expanded to grandparents of the student. Soon they'll expand it to cousins and aunts and uncles, and then maybe to neighbors and parents acquaintances.

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  1. That is not what the Takanon itself says - the grandparents are mentioned only wrt television, etc., not smartphones.

    1. correction noted. I should have read the actual letter, not just the article. regarding the point I made, it is the same whether the discussion is televisions or telephones.
      but another point - I havent seen televisions in a takanon in ages. That battle was finished 2 decades ago. this is strange, and maybe it is because of the grandparents that it has to be mentioned at all. I am surprised it is an issue in Bnei Braq

  2. If this really came from a significant group of parents, every single one of those parents are transgressing לפני עיור, by asking the parents to violate כיבוד אב ואם. It's none of the parents' business what their own parents do with respect to television, smart phones or walking outdoors in their underwear.

  3. Avi the posek strikes...


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