DR. SEUSS AND ‘THE MAN IN THE BAG’

Passenger was ‘simply following his rabbi’s orders’ ….
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Picture that stirred a row (photo from New York Daily News)
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Surely the saga of the ‘man in the bag’ can become a children’s story. It is funny, it is ridiculous and needless to say quite entertaining.
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Even funnier is that its roots appear to come from the Neanderthal sector of the Rabbinical Order of Idiots …
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Rabbi Brook, who heads a haredi yeshiva which is home to newly religious Jews, says that the passenger is a unique personality he has known for more than two decades, and that the halachic move was misunderstood by the critics, who he refers to as “primitives”.
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Here’s a report from Ynet dealing with the incident …
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Man in bag: I was following rabbi’s orders

Haredi passenger photographed wrapped in large plastic bag during flight tells Ynet about his long Air Force service before becoming religious. His rabbi criticizes public reaction to photo, says people should ‘treat Judaism with a minimum of respect’

Itzchak Tessler

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The ultra-Orthodox man who was photographed wrapped in a large plastic bag during a flight told Ynet on Sunday that he was “simply following my rabbi’s orders.”

The picture caught the attention of international media, as initially it was thought that he was distancing himself from women in accordance with strict rules of gender segregation in public.

The New York Daily News later explained that the man was aKohen, a descendant of the Jewish priests who presided over the Temple, and as the aircraft flew over a cemetery he covered himself in a plastic bag so he could remain pure. Under Jewish law, Kohanim are banned from going near cemeteries.

The Kohen, formerly a secular Jew who embraced Orthodox Judaism and asked to remain anonymous, told Ynet of his long service in the Israel Defense Forces, where he held sensitive posts. In 1983, as a show of appreciation, the Air Force commander gave him the “opportunity to study in a yeshiva at the expense of the Air Force, which paid my salary for the two and a half years I studied in the yeshiva.”

After his studies, he returned to the army for 10 more years – “an unprecedented move in the Air Force,” he says.

The photo was the subject of public criticism and was shared and condemned on social networks.

Rabbi Yosef Brook, head of the Netivot Olam Yeshiva and the passenger’s rabbi, criticized the media coverage of the photo and the public reaction to it, saying: “I am convinced that none of those who reacted is at (the Kohen’s) personal or intellectual level.”

Rabbi: Critics are primitives

Rabbi Brook, who heads a haredi yeshiva which is home to newly religious Jews, says that the passenger is a unique personality he has known for more than two decades, and that the halachic move was misunderstood by the critics, who he refers to as “primitives”.

“I have known him for 25 years now. He is a retired lieutenant colonel who served in senior and classified positions in the Israel Air Force,” the rabbi told Ynet.

“Before Passover he flew to Israel, and because of a change in the flight he found out that he would be flying over a cemetery. He consulted a rabbi, who ruled that although the plane was a closed place, there was impurity over the cemetery and in order to deal with it – he must reach a situation of a ‘container with a lid fastened on it.'”

According to Rabbi Brook, what the public may have seen as an attempt to “bypass” Halacha using tricks – is Halacha itself, and so he “advises people to consider how they would feel if their values made others give them degrading and puzzling looks.

“Once again, the familiar scenario repeats itself: Any issue related to Jewish Halacha turns into a festival of defamation. Anything related to cultural heritage, which is not understood, leads to a mocking and slandering attitude. The rule says that the more you know less, the more you shout, and this is what happened in this case too.

“If a person from the Zulu tribe would see me talking into a telephone, he would think I had gone mad, because he can’t understand how sound waves can travel hundreds and thousands of kilometers. He has no understanding of electromagnetic radiation either, because he can’t see it with his eyes.

“The same way, there is also a spiritual system of impurity and purity, and we don’t have the ability or tools to identify its activity. So I say to the the critics, if you have no knowledge about the issue, do us a favor – leave us alone and treat us kindly and politely.

“Just like people understand Muslims who take their shoes off before entering a mosque and don’t ridicule them, just like they understand that Christians remove their head cover while entering church – treat Judaism with a minimum of respect.”

The Kohen who “starred” in the picture told Ynet that he had studied with the Belz Hasidic movement, “considered a human and moderate Hasidic dynasty, where I studied Torah and faith and was close to the rabbi.

“I also studied at the Netivot Olam Yeshiva, which is an organized institution where respectable people study. Four other combat pilots studied with me there. At the time, as a newly religious person, I even had the honor of being an associate of Rabbi Shach (a leading Lithuanian rabbi and the founder of the Degel Hatorah political party).”

11 Comments

  1. Harlan said,

    April 17, 2013 at 19:06

    I wonder if he also put the bag under himself? The artical said “the plane flew over the cemetary”. The main part of his body which could have been exposed to any influencies from the ground below would have been his bottom. If he did not place protection between his bottom and the ground, all else is to no avail. To have done this properly, he should have gotten totally inside the bag.

  2. Edgar said,

    April 17, 2013 at 19:25

    A primitive person, not understanding how radio waves work, thinking a person talking into a telephone must be crazy, that’s understandable. But a person who knows how radio waves work and thinks he will “purify” himself by placing himself in a plastic container while going near a cemetery is just an idiot.

  3. Mike C. said,

    April 17, 2013 at 19:42

    As someone with actual neanderthal genetic sequences, I am insulted at the statement “…its roots appear to come from the Neanderthal sector of the Rabbinical Order of Idiots …”

    Please, my neanderthal ancestors tried to keep as far away from Israel and it’s people – they were too backwards for us to even contemplate associating with.

  4. Blake said,

    April 17, 2013 at 20:44

    Very bizarre and how did he breathe?

  5. Zen Shaman said,

    April 17, 2013 at 22:51

    huh. thanks. i didnt know this. i aint gonna hate on anyone for practicing their faith. i dont agree with it, but that dont matter, its his life, good for him for at least having the fortitude to look like a fool. at least he believes in something. thats a start. too many people dont believe in anything anymore. thats a problem.

  6. Joe Blo said,

    April 18, 2013 at 03:32

    This is the stupidest story ever! Even if what the batshit crazy rabbi was saying is true, wouldn’t the airplane qualify as a sealed container? Wikipedia (that bastion of truth!) says that Halacha has been in development since before 500BCE… and I guess it was so prescient that it covered such events as flying over a cemetery?? Lets see: I’m flying to Australia… I’d better call Quantas to find out if we’ll be flying over any cemeteries!

  7. RoHa said,

    April 18, 2013 at 04:22

    “treat Judaism with a minimum of respect.”

    Judaism (this version) teaches people to get into a plastic bag to avoid impurities emanating from cemeteries, and then he expects us to respect it? For some things, mockery is only appropriate response.

  8. Patrick said,

    April 18, 2013 at 08:33

    The president of South Africa is a Zulu. Maybe this dick should pop over here and teach the President all about how to use a phone. Can you imagine the possibilities?

  9. farang said,

    April 18, 2013 at 12:39

    The Kohannim were the Egyptian Amun priests. The Kohen Gadols. They also were Aten priests: see the clay bullae (Google it) of King Hezekiah, the 4th king of Israel, for proof. It has his name and the Aten image. Found in occupied Palestine by “Israeli” archaeologists.

    Watching my country get occupied at all levels of government, finance, education, law enforcement, by members of “The Tribe”….is it really any mystery why the ancient Egyptians attempted to wipe out all evidence of the 18th dynasty “Heperu” kings? Yes, they were Heperu.

    You figure it out….

  10. PJ London said,

    April 18, 2013 at 14:02

    “If a person from the Zulu tribe would see me talking into a telephone, he would think I had gone mad, because he can’t understand how sound waves can travel hundreds and thousands of kilometers. He has no understanding of electromagnetic radiation either, because he can’t see it with his eyes.”
    Hoo Boy, our state president the Honorable Jacob Zuma Is not going to take too kindly to this.
    Approx 60% of Telkom installers and technicians are “black” Zulu, Xhosa, Venda Sotho etc.
    The arrogance and ignorance of these religious bigots is beyond belief. A guy sits in a plastic bag so that he is not contaminated by a cemetery 30,000 ft below him, and then spouts off about “Zulus!!!”, I could not make this up.

  11. Ken Daves said,

    April 19, 2013 at 16:15

    I agree!! Judaism SHOULD be treated with the ABSOLUTE MINIMUM respect!!


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