Lakewood’s leading Mechanchim, Roshei Hamosdos and Menahlim, representing dozens of yeshivas around town, have written and signed a joint letter sent to all Mosdos strongly discouraging their talmidim from using the 24Six streaming platform. Sources tell Lakewood Alerts that the letter was sent to them on Sunday and that each yeshiva administration will make their own decision whether to send the letter to their parent body. The letter was undersigned by the Lakewood Roshei Yeshiva.
In the letter, which stopped short of outright calling for a ban, the mechanchim assert that “there is no written daas torah backing” the advertised claim that 24Six is a “completely kosher entertainment option.”
“Unfortunately, this device has several issues that should cause grave concern to parents in our mosdos,” they write. “Of particular concern is the fact that use of this device brings with it exposure to music and videos with content that often runs contrary to the values and ruach with which we bring up our children.”
“Furthermore,” the letter continues, “even if all of the contents on this device would meet our standards, it would still be detrimental to healthy spiritual and emotional growth, as by nature it is a device that promotes constant distractions and an overdose of entertainment. This alone can affect our children/talmidim significantly in and out of the classroom.”
They add that a device which can download content from the internet should “never be considered safe in the hands of a child” and that any new innovation requires the completel participation of an adam gadol or daas torah; otherwise “we are opening up an anarchist approach towards what is or isn’t acceptable in KlalYisroel.
The letter follows a mass kol koreh from nearly all chasidish mosdos across the United States and Canada, which was published on Lakewood Alerts.
Yeshiva K’tana elementary school sent a robocall to all parents in their Yeshiva warning them against providing the 24Six streaming device to children. You can hear that robocall here on Lakewood Alerts.