The El Al Boycott

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6 Responses

  1. joel rich says:

    The davening question also needs to take into account the disruption to other passengers and the ability to daven with intent while standing in an aisle or by a galley or bathroom.

    I’m curious as to the halachik calculus – was the psak originally you could or must daven in your seat. how did aveilut change the calculus?

    I have no objection to economic boycott but I hope the long term impact is also taken into account. some may remember a point in history when el al was the only carrier that did not suspend flights (which brought in people and equipment) when the going got tough.


  2. Jewish Observer says:

    “Wouldn’t it be nice to get on an El Al flight or that of any other carrier that wants to compete for religious customers, and be told at the outset that such and such time has been set aside for Shachris?”


    On the “wouldn’t it be nice topic” wouldn’t it be nice if the dati community got together once a year (during bein hazmanim to be me’maet in bitul torah) in a kinus of hakoras hatov to the army for clearing the path for us to lead a Torah true life? In general I would like to propose that to garner the credibility we so seriously seek, that for every negative event / canpaign we do, we conduct a positive one.

  3. Gershon Dubin says:

    My son was on an El-Al flight going to Israel to learn in a yeshiva. Thev vast majority of the flight were other bachurim. The flight attendants announced that everyone should go to their seats for breakfast, noted that they were roundly ignored and in any event could not have gotten through the aisles to serve.

    In what must be the rarest of occurrences, they took the hint and announced breakfast in 15 minutes, i.e. after davening.

    Writ large, the demands of the charedi community can likewise have effects, but need to be communicated civilly and politely, albeit firmly.

  4. Ori Pomerantz says:

    How far away can you be from other daveners and still count them as Minyan? Would it be possible to declare a specific section of the airplane “minyan section” and have people who sit in that section pray together while sitting in their chairs?

  5. JewishAtheist says:

    I can understand a boycott for serving non-kosher meals while claiming they’re kosher. However, I don’t understand how it’s moral to boycott an airline because they fly on Shabbat. It’s not like they’re forcing charedim to fly on Shabbat. You don’t see Americans refusing to fly because airlines (who all have Jewish employees, I’d expect) fly on Shabbat.

  6. Steve Brizel says:

    Let’s see what the boycott yields. If an agreement re Chilul Shabbos is reached, that would be fabulous. As far as Kashrus is concerned, the OU’s statement is proof that improvement is needed in this area as well.

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