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Rav Chaim Kanievsky Invalidates Mikvas, Weddings and Divorces Due to the iPhone

By Gldmeier @gldmeier
Are you the owner of an iPhone or do you have unfiltered Internet access? You already know the various things you can't do - be chazzan, blow shofar, hear shofar in certain shuls, etc..
The latest is now announced in the name of Rav Chaim Kanievsky, and this is a real shocker. All the previous announcements are upsetting and frustrating, but this one has actual ramifications.
According to what is being said in the name of Rav Chaim Kanievsky, such a person cannot be a witness at a wedding or at a divorce, and one who did act as such a witness will invalidate the proceedings, even bdieved. The wedding should be performed again, and the get should be given again.
This means that there are thousands of adulterers, eishet ish, mamzerim walking around out there without even knowing it.
Rav Feinhandler, director of the committee for purity in communications and the person quoting Rav Kanievsky, also said that such a person cannot build a mikva (i.e. do the hashaka process of connecting the mikva water pit to the mikva pool), and a woman cannot supervise the immersion in the mikva if she has an iPhone.
And, he adds, in many places, such as in Jerusalem, mikvas are built by, and weddings and divorces or officiated by, the Rabbanut and religious councils, and they don't ask such questions, so they cannot be relied upon - i.e. their mikvas, weddings and divorces must be assumed to be invalid.
(source: Kikar)
So, we have eishet ish, mamzerim, passul mikvaot, boalei nidda and children of unions with nidda.
Rav Chaim Kanievsky invalidates mikvas, weddings and divorces due to the iPhone
pretty much all marriages are going to be invalidated by this. Yes, even in the haredi community, though maybe in slightly lower percentages. This psak would destroy the family unit. Any marriage after the invention of the iphone is dissolved. Divorces are dissolved, making a big mess of who is married to whom.
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