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The El Al Epilogue

The El Al Epilogue

Sometimes sticking together pays off.


January 13, 2007

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Visitor Comments: 23

(23) Yoni Ross, March 15, 2007 9:11 AM

What unity? This was the opposite of unity

I was a bit surprised at Rabbi Salomon's approach. While one of his conclusions, i.e., the strength and important of unity, was well taken, the point of departure, i.e., the surprising unity within the (let's just say it) chareidi community (since not all Orthodox Jews subscribed to the ban against El-Al) caught me a bit off-guard. Public discord among mainstream "rank-and-file" chareidim in the face of such a ban is rare, and I'd even go so far as to say virtually unheard of, so I don't understand Rabbi Salomon's surprise.

With the "headline" of the video being about unity, and Rabbi Salomon beginning with the recent boycott against El-Al, I assumed that he was going to decry the mis-unity which ensued when one subset of the Jewish community (i.e., the chareidim) all but declared war on another (El-Al, and all who fly it). I would hardly call El-Al's eventual capitulation (which, by the way, I was happy about) a "victory", since it implies that unity across the entire spectrum of the Jewish people/nation/whatever-you-want-to-call-it is not necessary.

(As a side note, I generally enjoy Rabbi Salomon's broadcasts, and have no personal gripe with him due to this. I was just a little taken aback with what I consider was his not seeing the forest for the trees.)

(22) Margarita, January 20, 2007 5:02 AM

I was just wondering

I have been to Israel couple of weeks ago, and some things are still not making any sense to me: who is going around on Shabbat and check that people at work are the holders of the permit? How much are people paid for it? And how does it make any sense to let fruit go rotten for the sake of Shabbat, but only some kind (other is ok and it's not just decided on the basis of which fruit will get spoiled fast). I think that sometimes we are so preoccupied what is work and what isn't that we forget the right of people to choose. You cannot make people believe, you cannot push anything on people, for it only makes us dislike the changes. I think that it's more important to educate and give free choice. By the way, I'm pretty sure that if I would be caught in the situation and decide not to fly for religious reasons, my needs would be accommodated.
I believe that El Al didn't just fly an d I always thought that been safe and saving someone's life is important and one can violate Shabbat to do so.
It we would remember that we are one we would be more tolerant to each other.
One more thing, if you can please give us your point of view on the things that are happening in Hevron. I think that media did pick only one side of the story. May be if people stop blaming Jews for everything and all of us will be not just saving the world, but understanding and helping fellow Jews we would bring more peace and positivity to the world.

(21) Anonymous, January 18, 2007 7:01 PM


One of the reasons the secular media has not run the story of the victory of El Al Israeli Airlines keeping the Shabbat is because they are afraid...! Afraid that other companies will do the same-keep the Shabbat-and they will lose massive amounts of money they would have made if their companies were open and functioned on Shabbat...!

(20) Anonymous, January 18, 2007 2:48 PM

Positively Speaking...

There really is a wide-spectrum of views in these comments - which highlight's Rabbi Salomon's point: Let's learn from this that we NEED to be more unified and what that can do for all of us.
Thank you Rabbi for putting a positive (not negative) spin on this event!

(19) Anonymous, January 18, 2007 8:48 AM


I agree with the Rabbi- I myself was astounded at the level of unity there was accross the spectrum of Shabbat observing Jews.

Jews who honor and keep Shabbat from many different groups felt as one on the issue of honoring the Shabbat, by doing their part in the effort to have this major symbol of the Jewish state keep their own commitment, which they made in order to get business from the Shabbat observant.

If we can have economic boycotts when companies renege on their pledge to keep green and protect the environment, we can certainly choose, as a community(ies), to refrain from giving business to an airline company that reneged on a pledge to uphold the honor of Shabbat.

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