Roshei Yeshiva Update BMG’s Smartphone Policy Following Petirah Of Rav Mattisyahu Zt”l

The roshei yeshiva of Bais Medrash Govoha have issued new takanos regarding smartphones in the yeshiva, with the new regulations coming in the wake of the petirah of the mashgiach Rav Mattisyahu Salomon zt”l.

Under the new takanos, no smartphones – including those that don’t look like smartphones – are allowed anywhere on BMG’s premises, including anywhere inside its buildings, parking lots, dorms, etc.

To drive home the point, the roshei yeshiva say that one who violates these updated takanos loses their zechus as a talmid or avreich in the yeshiva, as well as their right to collect a kollel check.

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  1. Let me clarify the rule as stated above applies to offices and parking lots of Yeshiva not just the Bais Medrash. It appears that the point is not merely to stop distractions in Bais Medrash but rather to ban completely (and thereby shame those that need a smartphone to give it up). Will the rules of no smartphones in offices or parking lots be enforced on guests who come to visit the Yeshiva and tomchei Torah who come to support the Yeshiva or is it limited to those enrolled in the Yeshiva.

  2. It’s a zechus to donate to the Yeshiva and it is beautiful to keep a Bais Medrash reyn but people who need smartphones and use it with filters etc shouldn’t be madd to feel like rejected oysvorfufs. There are those that shrai against smartphones and whattsapp and are only all to eager to run a Charity campaign on Whatsapp and social media.. Banning bala Batim or others with smartphones from the premises of Yeshiva makes them feel like drek unless the rules are clearly stated as not geared towards them.

    • They aren’t referring to visitors. Whenever BMG puts out a takana like this, it’s usually for the talmidim of the yeshiva unless specified otherwise. Of course, it goes without saying that Bal Habatim who are visiting yeshiva know not to take it out unless absolutely necessary. I don’t think that’s part of the takana but it’s self understood.


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