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Yeshiva Website Rabbinic Convention

The relationship between The Rabbi and questioners

Shvat 5773


On Shvat 5773 (February 2013), a conference for Rabbis was held in Bayit V'gan guesthouse, Jerusalem. This was the second conference for Rabbis answering at different "Ask the Rabbi" sites.
The conference is important and unique, and the Yeshiva site is very happy for the privilege and challenge organizing it. The conference was attended by about 60 Rabbis, women respondents online, respondents professionals from different organizations and more.
The Rabbis discussed various issues unique to this area of the web questions.

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At the opening of the conference Rabbi Ezra Cohen, Yeshiva site administrator, spoke about questions that come from around the world.
A Jewish girl from the island of Djerba asked the Rabbi whether she can study in the evening at a state school, or there is a problem due to interference with gentiles. A couple from Iran asked the Rabbi if it is better to immigrate to Israel with the difficulties of living and modesty problems, or is it better to stay in Iran. Even rabbis from different communities around the world use the "Ask the Rabbi", since Yeshiva website has great rabbis responding.
Among the Rabbis are Rabbi Zalman Melamed, Rabbi Dov Lior, Rabbi Yaakov Ariel, Rabbi Avigdor Nebenzahl, Rabbi David Chai HaCohen, Chief Rabbinate, Puah Institute, Torah and Land Institute and more.

The first session had a panel discussion attended by Rabbi Zalman Melamed, Rabbi Yaakov Ariel, Rabbi Ratzon Arussi and representative of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, Rabbi Hagai Bar Giora. The discussion was led by Rabbi Yoni Lavie, operator and founder of the "Haverim Makshivim" (listening friends).
"The Rabbis discussed the whether the internet Responsa is only tool for answering questions (first aid) or a way to educate and make significant change in the questioner. Another topic discussed was what questions should be published and what not be publish.

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The second session topic was response to questions that have a professional aspect and creating cooperation between professional institutes for Q & A.
The session was attended by Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kilav, the head of Kollel Dayanut in Psagot who talked about not becoming the questioner's lawyer.
Rabbi Yehoshua Shapira, Rosh Yeshivat Ramat Gan, spoke about Internet addiction and ways to treat it. Rabbi Gideon Weitzman from Puah Institute spoke about the answering questions on online about family purity. Rabbi Dr. Mordechai Halperin, head of Schlesinger Institute, concluded the conference with a talk about the complexity in answering online questions which combine medical and Halachic issues, and brought a number of stories on the subject.


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