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Kosher Cell Phones

Updated on October 8, 2014

Basic Cell Phones

I've heard of kosher food but had never heard of kosher cell phones until the other day while listening to NPR. In the United Kingdom, some very religious Jewish community members have taken the example of keeping food pure to a new level. They now offer kosher cell phones.

This quote is from the NPR broadcast:

"Among the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, there is concern that cell phones with certain features could lead to immodesty among its community members. In an effort to combat that, but make cell phones available still, the community's rabbis have decided to review and kosher certify certain phones with limited features."

Photo Credit courtesy of Amazon: How to Keep Kosher: A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding Jewish Dietary Laws

Kosher Cell Phones

"The rabbinate was very concerned that

cell phones with texting facility

should not be used by youngsters,"

said Rabbi Chanoch Kesselman.

Cell Phones without the Bells and Whistles

Cell Phones for Talking Only

The desire for the Jewish community to keep some cell phones free of features that they deem unhealthy or unnecessary and that can lead to temptation is becoming more popular worldwide.

According to Reuters, in Israel "Hundreds of thousands of mobile phones, popularly dubbed kosher because they block access to services frowned upon by ultra-Orthodox rabbis, have been operating in the Jewish state for years."

Basic Cell Phone - Snapfon ezONE-C Senior Cell Phone

This is a basic cell phone without all the bells and whistles. You can make and receive calls. That's it. The features of this basic cell phone are along the lines of those offered in kosher cell phones.

Stripped Down Cell Phones Are Called Kosher Cell Phones

"So the rabbinate decided to grant certain cell phones official approval, calling them kosher - a system that has been most well-known for its use in food. The kosher phones are stripped down devices that can only receive and make calls. It helps the community feel more comfortable about choosing a phone, he said, much like shopping for kosher food."

~from the NPR article

Another Basic Cell Phone - John's Phone "Snow" (White)

This is another basic cell phone made just for talking. It offers no text messaging or camera capabilities. Want to keep it simple? This is the phone for you.

"So no network would come really and make

those changes," Maxi Rose

of Rose Communications said.

"So the changes had to made from the hardware and software in the device, rather than from network level. So the devices are modified. No cameras allowed, no SMS allowed, no Internet allowed."

Cell Phone Holders for the Car

Keep your kosher cell phone or your smartphone safe and handy in the car. Just don't talk on it while driving, please.

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What Do You Think of Kosher Cell Phones?

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    • Pam Irie profile image

      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I'm not Jewish, but the kosher cell phone sounds perfect for me. I don't want anything fancy on my phone. ha

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Kosher or not, this is the kind of basic phone that my mom would prefer to use or my brother who's not interested in taking photos or going on the internet.

      Even my smartphone is getting too smart for me. I have to keep consulting the manual.

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I think this is another case of the religious community going too far yet again. It's unbelievable isn't it. Or maybe not... I wonder how many Jewish people actually have Kosher phones...

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      sherioz 5 years ago

      Living in Israel, I am well aware of this product. Sometimes I think that as a society we have all become a bit ADHD, with all the stimuli available all the time. Might be nice to just have a simple phone that you just used to talk with (oh, and texting, I wouldn't want to be without texting).