Thursday, May 11, 2006

Rabbis get woman-free flight

By Haim Levinson
ynet news
May 9, 2006
Rabbi Yakov Aryeh Alter, present Gerrer Rebbe
Rabbi Yakov Aryeh Alter, present Gerrer Rebbe

NO PHOTO Rabbi Aharon Leib Steinman

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

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."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks like you posted a picture of Rav Schach ztl in error for the caption of Rabbi Shteinman.

May 11, 2006 1:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...




May 11, 2006 1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wrong picture for Rabbi Steinman- the picture is of the late Rabbi Schach.

May 11, 2006 3:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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May 11, 2006 6:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I could have sworn i posted earlier asking you why this post is here, and how does it further your cause. why is it not up???

May 11, 2006 11:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There all NUTs. Private jets, buying all the 1st class tickets, and coming to raise money in the U.S. not less. There all NUTs and we're NUTs if we give them a cent. Who do they really think they are ?
Mini gods..
so many people need financial assistence yet these guys spent $$$ like it's free..well on second thought, it is free to them so why not spend it. There all NUTs and so is are the people that blindly follow these guys.

May 17, 2006 2:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess it takes money to make money...but not my money. Not a cent to these two guys.Let em take a grayhound bus..No wonder I'm disenchanted with the rabbi's..covering up the sex crimes to buying all the 1st class seats for two guys to travel to the U.S. to raise money..most likely to pay for the seats.Not a cent to them.

May 17, 2006 4:16 AM  

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