Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Rabbis get woman-free flight

Niiice. Why does reading this article give me the creeps? And why is it that every trip by the "Leading Gedolei Yisroel" needs to be 'historic'?? If I recall correctly, R' Steiman was here just a few years ago (and I have a commemorative picture to prove it).

Let me get this straight. Strings were pulled and there will be no female stewardesses on the flight. They also purchased every seat in the first class section in order to prevent any women from sitting in the same section. Yet one item on their agenda will be to "raise funds for married yeshiva students...". How many students could have used the thousands of dollars spent on first-class-female-prevention?? How do I know that any funds I donate will not be used on further silly expenses like mechitzah's on all airplanes? How do they know that none of these stewardesses have a husband in kollel they need to support? (Ok, I admit that was a little tongue-in-cheek.) I really loved the touch of the private jet too. I realize it was probably donated, but still. What's the image being projected here?
"The journey has been exciting the ultra-Orthodox public for six months as it involves the rare cooperation of the two spiritual leaders. "
Yeah. There's a point we want to point out. We normally don't get along, but now we going together. Historic!

I realize that these are gedolei yisrael and require respect, In fact, I'd put my money on the fact that they had nothing to do with it but it was their 'aids' and askanim that choreographed this spectacle. As time goes on and I see more and more silliness, I just don't know what to think.

Two leading rabbis buy all first class tickets, ask El Al to only post male stewards on flight so they do not have to see women on way to America
Haim Levinson at ynet news

A modest first class flight:
Two leading rabbis set to fly to the United States concluded an agreement with El Al that would see them enjoy a woman-free and movie-free flight.

The Gerrer Rebbe, a Hassidic leader who will fly abroad on Sunday, asked El Al that no air stewardesses be aboard the flight.

El Al complied with the rabbi's request and on Sunday's flight to the
United States only males will look after passengers.

The Gerrer Rebbe and Rabbi Aharon Leib Steinman, 93, another leading rabbi, will fly in a historic journey to visit American Jewish communities.

The journey has been exciting the ultra-Orthodox public for six months as it involves the rare cooperation of the two spiritual leaders.

During the visit the rabbis will seek to raise funds for married yeshiva students attending advanced Judaic studies programs.

United Torah Judaism enlisted its six MKs to bid goodbye to the two leaders at
Ben-Gurion International Airport on Sunday.

The rabbis will land in Los Angles where the Jewish community is eagerly awaiting their arrival. The rabbis will visit Jewish communities along the west coast.

The visit's highlight is an event that will be attended by 10,000 people. A private jet will fly the rabbis to
Montreal and Toronto.

The Gerrer Rebbe will fly to
Israel from Canada, while Steinman will visit Central and South America before returning to Israel.

The rabbis asked that the flight from
Israel adhere to the strictest standards of modesty. Their aides agreed with El Al officials that they will not have to see women during flight.

The rabbis bought all first class tickets on the flight to make sure no businesswomen are on board.

It was also decided that no films will be screened during the flight. Moreover, the backs of first class seats will be covered with plastic so that the rabbis won't even have to see the television screens.

Responding to the report, El Al said: "We do not report on our costumers out of respect for their privacy."


At 10:06 PM, Blogger Amishav said...

For cryin out loud- did they demand that the women in coach wear burkas? What religion were they? Are you sure they weren't with the Taliban? WTF!!!

At 5:59 AM, Blogger yoniQua said...

Wow i cannot believe it! That is just crazy and sends such mixed messages to ppl. Wanna know what i think about it? Its very self-righteous of them... If there ravs would have the same humility as the lubavitcher Rebbe... That is the difference btwn chabad and all other sects of judaism - humility. It is stressed so much, to be an anav. The Rebbe was all about other people, not himself, while still following every halacha!


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