JERUSALEM (September 25, 2012)—Chaim Kanievsky, an influential ultra-Orthodox Israeli rabbi, has ordered followers to burn their iPhones in the latest attempt by the insular community to keep the outside world at bay.
The religious Yated Neeman newspaper published the ban on its front page this week, as mainstream Israeli newspapers were filled with stories about Apple Inc.'s eagerly anticipated new smartphone, the iPhone 5.
The decree came ahead of Judaism's holiest day, Yom Kippur, which begins at sunset on Tuesday.
It said that it was forbidden to own the smartphone, and those who already had one must burn theirs.
Israel's growing ultra-Orthodox minority tenaciously guards its traditional way of life against the influence of the secular majority.
Many shun TVs and computers to avoid images that break their standards of modesty and values.