Israel's Chief Sephardic Rabbi Reportedly Destroys Student's iPhone

Student complained that handset was expensive; rabbi said he was not obligated to reimburse him.

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The Apple iPhone. A senior Israeli rabbi reportedly destroyed a student's handset during a lesson at a yeshiva, deeming the phone spiritually dangerous.Credit: Reuters

Talk about a forbidden Apple?

The London Jewish Chronicle reports that Israel's chief Sephardic rabbi immersed a student's iPhone in water and destroyed it because it was spiritually dangerous. cited ultra-Orthodox media reports in saying that Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef said that the incident occurred during a lesson at a yeshiva.

The student complained to the rabbi that the iPhone was expensive. (The website didn't specify which model was involved but an unlocked model 5s costs around $650 in Israel.)

The rabbi told the student that he was not required to reimburse him and that he could go to a rabbinical court about the matter, reported.