Rabbis take to wing and a prayer vs. flu

August 13, 2009 at 10:52 am 24 comments

MIDEAST ISRAEL WING AND A PRAYERJERUSALEM β€” A planeload of Israeli rabbis and Jewish mystics held an airborne prayer meeting in the belief that it could help check the spread of swine flu in Israel, an Israeli newspaper reported Tuesday.

The Yediot Ahronot daily said a plane with 50 people on board circled over Israel on Monday, with the passengers chanting prayers and sounding the ritual ram’s horn.

The newspaper report carried a photo showing bearded and black-clad Orthodox Jewish men standing on the steps of an aircraft of Israeli short-haul airline Arkia.

“The purpose of the flight was to stop the (swine flu) epidemic so that people will not keep dying from it,” Rabbi Yitzhak Basri, one of the participants, told the newspaper.

Israel’s Health Ministry has confirmed more than 2,000 cases of swine flu, with five fatalities in the country so far.

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  • 1. atimetorend  |  August 13, 2009 at 11:29 am

    That picture is too funny, what a crazy melding of tradition and modern technology. The guy in front of the horn must have had ear plugs, he looks unphased. Or maybe the horn hasn’t been blown yet and he is jumping out of his seat in the next picture…

  • 2. Grommel  |  August 13, 2009 at 11:33 am

    It’s well-meant but they’re crazy fools anyway though.

  • 3. LeoPardus  |  August 13, 2009 at 11:47 am

    I can’t help but think that these guys are all leaders. They could take the trouble to tell their followers to watch for signs of the flu, get medical attention, get vaccinations when available, isolate those who are ill, use masks, use hand sanitizers, and so on.

    If they did such things, they would actually have a real effect on the flu. But NOOOOOOO. They fly in circles and blow horns.

  • 4. Joshua  |  August 13, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    They fly in circles and blow horns.

    Sounds quite a bit like another group of people who argue in circles and blow horns.

  • 5. Ubi Dubium  |  August 13, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    They’d better be careful that they don’t fly around the country seven times. Then all those walls they’ve been building will fall down. I’ve read it in the book of Joshua, so it must be true! πŸ™‚

  • 6. Brandt  |  August 13, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Dear sweet Jesus, that’ll fix the problem for sure.

  • 7. Joshua  |  August 13, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    When Brandt and I start our religion, we will have shofars. Shofars and beer. Lots of beer. And we will disavow swine flu. Because swine flu is the devil incarnate and the media is his false prophet.

  • 8. the chaplain  |  August 14, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Will the men in your religion have to wear full beards, or will goatees be acceptable? Will the women have to wear burkas or bikinis?

  • 9. LeoPardus  |  August 14, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Any religion that involves lots of beer must perforce involve women in bikinis. During beach liturgies, tops should be optional.

  • 10. Joshua  |  August 14, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    I agree with Leo.

    Our motto will be: no shirts, no shoes, no church service.

    However, pants will be optional and there will be no requirements on how one must wear their shirt and shoes, as this would be legalistic and we will be under a dispensation of grace.

  • 11. paleale  |  August 14, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    As long as you get to drink from the Shofars I’m in. Oh and of course, the bikinis.

  • 12. Joshua  |  August 15, 2009 at 12:34 am

    You want to drink from a bikini?

    That might be a misinterpretation of what you said due to my fallible and fallen human nature, and not – of course – due to the ambiguity of your communication.


  • 13. Roy  |  August 15, 2009 at 12:58 am

    Who needs bikinis?

    God made us naked and said it was good. Who are we to disagree?

  • 14. Roy  |  August 15, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Maybe god has a sense of humor too. I serfed into this site a few minutes ago. I was rolling in the floor. Check it out.

  • 15. Roy  |  August 15, 2009 at 4:55 pm


  • 16. Joshua  |  August 15, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    It’s alright Roy, I’m sure people have posted worse before πŸ™‚

  • 17. Roy  |  August 15, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Hey everybody,

    Believe it or not, I wrote comment #43 of “To Christians: What is morality to me, an atheist?” OVER 10 HOURS BEFORE I discovered the website linked in comment #14 above.

    Check out the link (NOTE comment #15 DISCLAIMER), check out the time stamps, and check out this exerpt from the comment from the aforementioned comment #43:

    Now, if whatever it is you want to do doesn’t violate any contractual agreements with your wife (or you renegotiate the contract), you discuss it beforehand, and you are both okay with it, then it’s not cheating, and hence not harmful. Who knows, your wife might want to participate, making it a shared experience and hence a truly win-win scenario.

    THAT is just too weird!

    I can’t prove to you that I indeed never saw the website until a few minutes before comment #14, but it is true. The Lord gave me a revelation that threesomes were ok for Christians, and then 10 hours later gave me scripture to back it up.


  • 18. Roy  |  August 15, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    … or it was a coincidence.

  • 19. Roy  |  August 15, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Just to be safe, I think I’ll check with my wife to see if she had any divine revelations.

  • 20. Roy  |  August 16, 2009 at 2:19 am

    Does De-Con shut down for the sabbath?

  • 21. Ubi Dubium  |  August 16, 2009 at 9:08 am

    Whose Sabbath would that be? Depending on who you ask, that might be Sunday, Saturday, or Friday, or perhaps on the full moon. We’d have to shut down an awful lot!

  • 22. Quester  |  August 16, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    There is a tendency for board participation to be slower on weekends, if that’s what you are jokingly refering to, Roy.

  • 23. Joshua  |  August 17, 2009 at 1:38 am

    Roy, you crack me up πŸ™‚

  • 24. Roy  |  August 18, 2009 at 10:40 am

    Good! I think loosening things up around here is a good thing! πŸ™‚

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