Keeping Kosher Saves Jewish Man From Being Stranded On Coronavirus Ship

Diamond Princess, the stranded luxury liner, in a port near Japan

Nir Gilad, a young Israeli who had recently returned to Judaism, decided to go on a cruise with the “Diamond Princess”, a luxury liner. Gilad requested that the company provide him with special kosher meals and the company agreed to accede to his request.

However when Gilad arrived at the ship, he was shocked to discover that the kosher meals had not been ordered. Gilad decided immediately not to ascend onto the ship even though it entailed considerable financial loss.

Gilad was upset to miss out on the cruise but after a week he heard that the corona virus had broken out on the ship and it was stranded near Japan with no country allowing the ship entry. At present the liner has 175 diagnosed cases of corona virus, making it the worst outbreak of the virus outside mainland China.

Gilad realized that his insistence on kosher food had saved him from suffering the fate of the other passengers, who still do not know when they will be released from the ship and how they will return home.

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  1. How many times have passengers ordered kosher food on a given flight, and are told that their request has been confirmed? Yet, when they get on the flight, the kosher catering service has somehow failed to have loaded that food onto the aircraft. In the past, that phenomenon has occurred, more often than we realize.


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