June 15, 2009

New Search Site Opened For Orthodox Jews

Religiously devout Jews, which are restricted from surfing the net, may now use "Koogle" on a new "kosher" search engine, the site manager said on Sunday.

Yossi Altman said that the site appears to meet the standards of Orthodox rabbis that restrict the use of the Web to ensure followers avoid viewing sexually explicit material.  The site's name "Koogle" is a play on the names of a Jewish noodle pudding and the Internet's top search engine site Google.

Altman said that the site omits religiously objectionable material, like immodest photographs of women.

The site also links to Israeli news and shopping sites, which filter out items that are forbidden by rabbis for Orthodox Jews to have in their homes.

"This is a kosher alternative for ultra-Orthodox Jews so that they may surf the Internet," Altman said by telephone.

He said that the site was created as an encouragement to rabbis who sought a solution to fulfill the needs of Orthodox Jews to browse the Web for services.

Altman said that nothing could be posted on the Jewish Sabbath, which is when the religion bans all types of work and business for that day.  He added, "If you try to buy something on the Sabbath, it gets stuck and won't let you."