First Chareidi Hebrew Website With Hechsher Opens

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togAs we reported here on back in December, Torah-true Jewry in Eretz Yisroel responding positively to a call by gedolei Yisroel to uproot Internet websites that claim to be “chareidi” yet breach the walls of kedushah and taharah, thereby protecting Klal Yisroel from grave Torah prohibitions.

In light of the comments made by Gedolei Yisroel, “Etrog” – a site that was completely free of lashon hara – decided to discontinue its services on the internet.

However, now, the site formerly known as Etrog is reopening under a different name, Tog, and is ostensibly going to operate under the hashgacha of a committee that will ensure that its news and other postings on the portal are appropriate and acceptable.

Currently, it does not appear that any comments will be permitted on the new site.

Here at, much discussion has taken place regarding commenting, and while employs the strictest moderation of all English language chareidi news sites, Elisha Ferber, Chief Editor of, says that yet stricter moderation is under consideration.

The new Tog website, which began posting online on Tuesday, stated that they are performing the “shlichus” of rabbonim by providing a news site free of all objectionable content.

{Yair Israel}


  1. My father a”h related that R. Chaim Brisker objected to the establishment of a ‘kosher’ daily newspaper because a posek would not have enough time to review each entry for kashrus. Will this be different?

  2. 1: Of course it will. Just check the site. The “latest” news is December 2009.

    That’s the downside of a hechsher on news: it will be “olds” not news.

  3. I’m a little confused – I thought the internet was assured in Israel – how could some rabbanim now give a hechser on a website?

  4. One example was of bochurim who helped a lady in Shoprite. How people could be so negative to find fault with that, and to allow a stupid comment here that every Kiddush Hashem has a chillul Hashem! How would daas Torah allow such sillyness on a site that supposedly is moderated?

    I hope Matzav does take the time to be stricter in the future. (No, this is not the former Soviet Union, but it would be nice to have this website a little more understanding of the yeshiva community, as it is supposedly serving.)

  5. So only the writers of the articles have the proper hasksfot and they are 100% on target all the time; all the commentators write only trash, and therefore are not allowed to say anything? We have to make an assur that prevents people from walking because some people walk to do avaros, assur to talk because some people talk loshan hara, assur to get married because some people abuse their spouse, assur to drive a car because some people get into car accidents,assur to … assur to…

  6. I would strongly like to see the comments section closed. It would still be possible to write to the editors with corrections, criticism, whatever, and they could convey themselves anything important. If anyone does not believe that they have integrity, let them not visit this site.

  7. Comments are an example that the public is still blessed with a thinking (could be incorrect) mind and alive.
    Pirkei Avos stated: “Who is a Chacham” One who learns from ALL people”. When reading some comments you can conclude, ‘what a lack of sechel’, ‘never considered that angle’, ‘are the facts completely accurate’, ‘is the post biased due to a cultural stereotype’, ‘what a beautiful chesed to duplicate, ‘there is need to investigate this news article in depth’, etc.

  8. when are we going to get the entire idea & concept of internet out of klal yisroel’s minds? is it impossible to live without internet? we did it for thousands of years before it was created by a agent of Hashem
    this Yetzer Hara (evil inclination) called internet is destroying the kedusha of klal yisroel as we continue to sink lower & lower in holiness with all the technology that we have etc….

  9. #10: There are comments and there are comments, if you know what I mean.
    c’mon, if you had to post your photo and full name you would not say certain things that you (or others) can hide behind on a blog.
    Bashing kollel and gedolim is different than asking nicely why things are done certain ways.
    You have to agree that the wording on these sites are pretty strong and are even loshon hara. Is loshon hara also a positive thing? After all, it’s someone’s ‘opinion’. Is bashing ok ,without trying to see the other side? Don’t we have a mitzvah to be dan l’chaf zechus? I guess we should be told that any mitzvah bein adam l’chaveiro shouldn’t count since it’s all our opinions and we are entitled.
    and to #11, you are right somewhat but it’s pretty silly to bash internet if you are on it to post this message. If you don’t believe in it, throw out your computer.

  10. As distasteful as I find some of the comments, others are insightful and nogeah to whatever the article is. It would be a disservice to readers to discontinue comments.

    However, a set of guidelines should published and enforced, such as,

    1. No name-calling or personally directed attacks on other posters – disagreement should be stated in polite language.

    2. In general, language suitable for bnei Torah.

    3. No comments on other subjects – just on the article.

    A little thought could come up with a few more ideas to keep comments within the bounds of Torah and common sense.


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