Dreaming of Moshiach

Monday, December 04, 2006

Measurement for Measurement

El Al International Airlines’ decision to continue flights after the start of Shabbat on Friday evening to catch up with flights delayed due to the workers’ strike infuriated the Orthodox community and its chief rabbis.

When head Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv Shlita heard the news, he responded harshly, “El Al holds the most threatened airline in the world, and now they want to mess with the Shabbat?” It should be noted that the Orthodox sector constitutes a large percentage of the El Al’s customers, and the airline generally makes sure to maintain Kashrut and Shabbat.

Following El Al’s decision, Rabbi Elyashiv called an emergency meeting of the rabbinate committee responsible for Shabbat issues late Thursday. The committee includes representatives of all the leading rabbis in the Orthodox sector, including Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman Shlita , and Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef, Shlita.

Other officials explained the essence of the offense from the eyes of an Orthodox believer: “It is known that whoever guards the Sabbath, the Sabbath guards him. The Orthodox public believes that because El Al respects the Sabbath, then God looks out for it, and therefore they use the line.”

This morning, a jumbo 747 El Al plane, flight 007 took off to NY JFK. 20 minutes after take off, the Captain announced that due to technical problems in the steering, the plane must return to Tel Aviv. Fire and smoke was coming out of the plane's engine. 150 tons of fuel needed to be emptied out - causing astronomical financial harm. The plane shook terrribly as it landed in Tel Aviv, many were yelling in fear. B'h, no one was injured.

After the incident raised an uproar in the Orthodox community, CEO of El Al, David Maimon is now begging the religious Jews to return to El Al and promises no flights on Shabbat, only in emergencies. - NO DEAL, Mr. Maimon!!!




והיה השם למלך על כל הארץ, ביום ההוא יהיה השם אחד - ושמו אחד ישתבח שמו לעד לנצח נצחים בכל העולמות Blessed is His name for eternity in all worlds אין עוד מלבדו