Wednesday, 15 February 2012

GYE Gets Mention at the Annual Agudah Convention

by GYE (See all authors)

The annual Agudas Yisroel convention opened on Thursday night. Among the issues addressed by panels at those sessions and discussed by those who attended them was the persistent and ever-growing dangers posed by the internet and other electronic media in a session entitled:

"Tangled Up in the Web: Real Problems, Real Solutions"

Click here to download the speech of Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, Executive Vice President of Agudas Yisroel of America, who spoke at the start of the convention. From 21:30 - 23:30 minutes into the speech, he mentions internet addiction and the challenges of Shmiras Ainayim in today's world, and how we must face up to these unprecedented challenges. He introduces one of the speakers as an "addiction" therapist, explaining to the crowd that problems of the internet are a real "addiction" issue.

The therapist sent us the following e-mail after the convention:

Shavua Tov,

As you may have seen, I did my presentations at the Agudah convention. The first one was very scripted so I was not allowed to vary from what I said. At the second one, I had total control, so I was able to discuss GuardYourEyes at length. I was happy/sad to see that many people were aware of the site.

It was a fantastic opportunity for me to finally be allowed to address the Agudah Convention. There is still much work to be done. Your site is an island of sanctuary for those suffering from this unfortunate Yetzer Harah, and through the combined efforts of people like you, there is hope for them.

Please keep in touch!