I am addicted to your site.
So it bothers me that I need to write this, but it is long overdue.
I turned to your site many years ago when looking for news website that was befitting for a frum jew. My definition of that would be a site where one could read the news while at the same time not violating any halachah in Shulchan Aruch.
Your website fit that criteria in every way. Kudos to you for achieving that.
That was nine years ago… Fast forward to 2017… Sadly the Matzav today is not the same Matzav it was back then. I will not complain about the content, relevance and quality of the news reported. I talk about the basic criteria of minimum shulchan aruch standard. A frum jew can no longer visit your site knowing that they will not see images/clips that the torah prohibits.
The Mishna Berura(75, s”k 7) brings that merely “seeing” a woman immodestly dressed is assur, as opposed to a modestly dressed woman where there is no such issur unless gazing intentionally for pleasure. That said, i cannot really visit a site with a clear conscience where i know there will be images that i may not see.
Now you may tell me that unfortunately in society we live in we should be immune.. After all it is no different than walking on the street… However we don’t usually have the option not to go in the street. Leka Darka Achrina. But a “kosher website”? The halacha hasn’t changed just because we live in 2017 where junk is shoved in our faces wherever we turn! At least keep a kosher website “kosher”!
A yungerman, just coming out of yeshiva enters the workforce. Not having been out in the world much and hasn’t frequented the internet, now looks for a kosher place to get his news – visits your site. He will turn away instinctively from your page when he sees the news clips you embed. No doubt.
You may say that i have the option not to visit you site. That is true. But it isn’t easy. Because you introduced us slowly.. When you started you didn’t even have any pictures of women. You were kosher L’mehadrin. Then gradually you introduced partial pictures… etc.
There was an outcry, comments flying back and forth for a while whether it was appropriate or not. I didn’t write a letter back then. Although you were lowering your standard, no doubt, but you were still “kosher” by halacha standards as long as everyone is dressed K’halacha.
So you opted to be just “kosher” and not “kosher L’mehadrin”.
So we stayed with your site and have become accustomed to turning to you for our news.
The way the site stands now i believe is a michshal l’rabbim. I believe that many many share this sentiment.
I beg you. Stop, take a deep breath and re-think the way you are doing things. It is easy to lose sight of right and wrong when we are caught up trying to be “on top” of the news and the “first one” to report. But we (most of your customers) don’t need to know the news the minute it happens. We can wait five minutes. Just let it be kosher. After all, that is why we chose your site.