Helicopters, Airplanes Available For Meron Flights On Lag Ba’Omer After Site Closed To Public

Preparations for the Lag Baomer celebrations at the Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai gravesite in Mt. Meron, northern Israel, on May 10, 2020. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90 *** Local Caption *** ????? ?? ????? ?"? ????? ????? ?????

JERUSALEM (VINnews) — With the ban on getting anywhere near Meron this week for Lag B’Omer, in addition to the ban all over the country on any bonfires, some enterprising helicopter owner decided to take people up over Meron during Lag B’Omer so people could at least pray over the tomb of Rashbi, if not at the site itself . The helicopter is planning to take four people at a time, at $1200 each person.

Israir Airlines has now announced that it will be also be flying a flight on Tuesday that will circle over Meron, giving passengers a chance to pray from overhead while the lockdown is in effect down below. The Israir flight will take up to 50 passengers and cost 590nis (170$) per person.

Israir says the flight will be 40 minutes, plus 10 minutes circling over Meron.

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  1. It is about time people realize that these pyromaniac clowns DO NOT, DO NOT, represent Judaism.
    They have invented a new cult that bears no resemblance to the pristine beauty of authentic rational Judaism as it existed before it was corrupted by Lurianic fairy-tale-wonderland gnostic fantasies and “Hasidic” (a misnomer if there ever was one) guruism and avatarism.
    I am sure that many secular are seeking and would return to the ways of their fathers but are put off by the proliferation of “cabalist” charlatans and “Hassidic” clowns who have effectively hijacked our Judaism.
    (If I for one minute believed that these clowns are practicing Judaism, I too would become secular).
    The tragedy of our time. These clowns are not funny!

  2. Litvak, you are correct. Lag B’omer relates to the end of the plague that was killing out the talmidim of Rabbi Akiva. The Meron Event, however, is built on a number of assumptions which have never been proven historically – that Rasbi actually died on this date, that Rasbi is actually buried at that spot in Meron, and that the Zohar was written by Rasbi and not Moshe de Leon. But given these terrible times when we need more tolerance between Yidden, I won’t get so upset about it. If this is the way some Jews like to express their yiddishkit, a be gevunt.
    However, what I don’t understand is why some people would spend $1,200 for 10 minutes of hovering when many Jews are out of jobs and living off of savings. Davka now is the time to conduct ourselves with a little bit more financial צניעות. And if you have the extra money to burn, maybe donate it one of the many needy causes.


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