Is it right to watch entertainment videos on YouTube or Tik Tok? | The Jewish Press – | Jewish Press Staff | 16 Siwan 5782 – June 15, 2022


Photo credit:

Edited by Aryeh Werth

Is It Appropriate to Watch Entertainment Videos on YouTube or Tik Tok?
informational videos? Torah videos? Under what circumstances, if
should young children use these video platforms?

Without a doubt, caution and discretion should be exercised as some entertainment videos may be considered informative by some, on the other hand, even if the content is passable, many of the commercials are not. (I assume Tik Tok is similar to You Tube and what applies to one applies to the other.)

Torah videos are a wonderful example of taking the profane and using it as a vehicle for spreading sacredness.

Thereon pasuk (mongrel 22:6): “Hanoch la’na’ar al pi darko, gam ki yazkin lo yasur mi’mena – Bring up the child in the way that is suitable for him when he is young, and when he is old he should not leave it…” explains Gaon from Vilnius:

“Every human being is born under a certain sign – his Mazal – this is expressed in his innate propensity to do either good or evil. Obviously, the earlier a young child is taught that “fire burns,” the sooner they will develop a natural tendency to be cautious when confronted with fire. In fact, there’s an old saying, ‘As the branch bends, so does the tree bend.’”

In truth, the Gaon explains one pasuk with someone else (Berishis 8:21) “… Vayomer Hashem el libo, lo osif l’kallel od es ha’adama ba’avur ha’adam, ki yetzer lev ha’adam rak ra m’ne’urav … – and Hashem said in His heart: I will not curse the earth again for man’s sake, for the impulse in man’s heart is evil from his youth…”

An adult who was right chinuch be best equipped to approach all these online platforms with common sense.

Remember these two key elements: proper upbringing and common sense. This also applies to every other situation in life.

– Rabbi Yaakov Klass is Rav of K’hal Bnei Matisyahu in Flatbush; Torah Editor of The Jewish Press; and Chairman of the Governing Board, Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim.

* * *

Rabbi Steven Pruzansky

Unfortunately, I have to confess that I am not familiar with TikTok, although I have read about its abusive and harmful effects on children or others who are addicted to living their private lives in public.

YouTube is generally morally neutral like many modern inventions. It all depends on how it’s used. Access to the Torah Shiurimincluding gedolim who are now in the world of truth is breathtaking. You can sit inside shiur with a Torah giant of two or three generations! That’s amazing. You can learn about the history of the Jewish people and find all kinds of uplifting lectures. And certainly it is possible to get information and access news and other useful things through videos. The same applies to children if they are properly supervised.

However, we should be aware of the downside of all this. YouTube, or the internet in general, is a bottomless pit bitul Torah. We can literally waste hours and days watching people (happily) make fools of themselves, revisiting previously seen entertainment and otherwise numbing our brains. And what about the Torah? Life is too short to waste on frivolities.

Unfortunately, the world today is fraught with problems, and these problems affect communities and individuals. If Chazal taught us that a suffering person should examine his deeds and if no obvious defects are found, trace his suffering to them bitul Torah (Berakhot 5a). They knew well what they were talking about. And they spoke to every generation, including ours. That alone should get you thinking.

Within reason, watching videos can be appropriate, but it must always be secondary and tertiary to what is most important in the life of a faithful Jew.

– Rabbi Steven Pruzansky is Vice President of the Israel Region for the Coalition for Jewish Values ​​and author of penance for life now available from Kodesh Press.

* * *

Rabbi Yehoshua Heber

The Torah leaders of our generation have made their opinion clear that living internet-free is far better. However, many people today need internet access for valid reasons. Nonetheless, one must maintain the highest possible filter for one’s situation. Even after all of this, a person may come across a situation where they could benefit from watching certain videos, either for educational or recreational purposes.

There is no question that a person who can should stay as far away as possible; we all know stories that result from internet glitches that lead to the destruction of people and families. The internet is a slippery slope and it can take you to bad places. Despite all of this, some may not be able to live without at least some exposure to the internet.

The same applies when children are exposed to websites that can and do lead them astray. If someone cares about letting their children watch a suitable video, they must be supervised at all times, the child should not be given control of the device or even touch it. In my opinion, it is better to let a child look at a computer screen than a smartphone. Getting used to smartphones from an early age makes it all the more difficult to defend yourself against them as you get older.

Rabbi Yehoshua Heber is Rav of Khal Tomchai Torah at Yeshiva Torah Vodaath and Dayan at Bdatz Mishptai Yisrael.

* * *

The question is all-encompassing because it encompasses many areas of interest that appear on the Internet.

The bottom line is that the Internet can be a valuable tool for use in both Torah study and information dissemination.

The challenge in all of these areas is to somehow control that the information the person is trying to secure is beneficial to the Torah Jew and to the moral growth of the individual.

Like everything else, all this information and the general internet is a double-edged sword. When controlled, it has the ability to educate and inspire to actually save lives. It can be used as a source of instructions and information that 25 years ago would have required hours of research to get the information you wanted. In short, it can be a valuable tool if used properly.

Unfortunately, there are so many pitfalls today, and this potentially positive tool can also turn into a negative influence, especially on children, if not very carefully monitored on a daily basis.

– Rabbi Mordechai Weiss lives in Efrat Israel and was previously an elementary and high school principal in New Jersey and Connecticut. He was also the founder and Rav of Young Israel in Margate, New Jersey. His email is [email protected]


Comments are closed.