Rabbi writes prayer for web porn surfers.

Alas, it’s not a prayer designed to help you find web porn..

CNN.com – Rabbi offers prayer for Web porn surfers – Jan. 21, 2004

“Please God, help me cleanse the computer of viruses and evil photographs that disturb and ruin my work …, so that I shall be able to cleanse myself,” reads the benediction by Shlomo Eliahu, chief rabbi in the northern town of Safed.

Eliahu, quoted by Israel’s largest daily newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, said he had responded to a deluge of queries from Orthodox Jews worried that the lure of Internet sex sites was putting family relationships at risk.

The rabbi recommends that Jews recite the prayer when they log on to the Internet or even program it to flash up on their computer screens so they are spiritually covered whether they enter a porn site intentionally or by mistake.

While I recognize that porn can be addictive to certain personality types, I still found this to be pretty amusing. I suppose it’s possible this little prayer will be enough to help some folks, but if they’re that worried that the lure of porn is going to cause problems then perhaps they should seek out some professional counseling.

Oops! Sorry, I’m making sense again. I’ll stop.

5 thoughts on “Rabbi writes prayer for web porn surfers.

  1. I love the idea that you’re “covered” whether you enter a porn site by mistake (which is pretty damn hard to do, what with all the pop-ups and redirections…not that I know, mind you, but I’ve heard stories) or intentionally.  Like, “Well, I said the prayer so it’s cool if I commit the sin.”  I could just see it now - people saying the prayer over and over to themselves, then thinking, “Okay, that was thirty prayers, so I’m ‘covered’ for thirty clicks.”

    Like porn coupons for the soul.

  2. Oh, yes, heaven forbid that Religion actually speak to things that are real problems in the world.  Like being addicted to pornography.  Is a little prayer a cure-all?  Absolutely not.

    I’m curious if the subject and prayer were “alcohol,” “drugs,” “crack,” or worse.

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