By making it into a dumb phone and disabling its internet and call-making capabilities.
From time to time I have been having fun at the expense of religious institutions that try to find ways of getting around the restrictions that their religious rules place on them. Orthodox Jews are the most source of fun, both because of the Byzantine rules that they have as well as for the convoluted logic used to get around them when they become inconvenient in this day and age. But this latest move is one of the most absurd.
The taboo among the ultra-Orthodox in Israel about using smart phones is no longer, with the launch of models deemed appropriate for the devout.
So how does a smart phone cross from treyf to kosher? It has to be de-smarted.
The Haredi objection to smart phones is that they allow free access to the internet, putting all aspects of secular thought, culture and media, as well as sexual content like pornography, at the fingertips of the observant.
“We get new cell phones in the shrink wrap, open them, and modify them,” Rami Levy Communications’ manager Shlomi Gulian told the Forward. The alteration completely disables web browsing. It is, Gulian stressed, irreversible.
Apparently you cannot make phone calls either but you can send and receive texts and download ‘appropriate’ apps only from a special approved app store.
But the problem I foresee is that once you allow not-so-smart phones, you lose control, since you will not able to tell easily who is using a kosher phone and who is using one that has access to all the inviting but forbidden fruit of the internet. Maybe they will institute kosher phone patrols, where people will be subject to random inspections of their phones.