Video: Mekubalim Fly Over Eretz Yisroel in Hopes of Eliminating Swine Flu

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rav-shmuel-batzri[Video below.] esterday morning, an Arkia airlines plane took off from Ben Gurion Airport carrying mekubalim and flew over Eretz Yisroel in a flight aimed at preventing the swine flu virus from spreading through tefillah.

“The purpose of the flight was to stop the epidemic, thus preventing further deaths,” explained Rav Yitzchok Batzri, whose father, Rav Dovid Batzri,  the noted mekubal, had initiated the flight. “We are certain that because of our tefillos, danger is already behind us,” he added.

 During the flight, the passengers blew the shofar seven times and said tefillos intended for abolishing illnesses.

 This marks the third time since 1948 that such a gathering has been arranged aboard planes circling Eretz Yisroel. The first time was during the first Gulf War in 1991, while the second was in 1996 following the wave of terror attacks.

 The concept of a tefillah flight over Eretz Yisroel was first introduced during World War II by Rav Dovid Batzri’s zaide, Rav Yehudah Pattaya, in light of fears the Nazis would invade Israel through Egypt.

To view a video clip of the flight, click below:

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{Yair Alpert-Matzav.com Israel}

11 COMMENTS

  1. “The passengers blew the shofar….” Is that the shofar in the photo that was blown? If not, what was that? “The passengers”: ALL the passengers? “the shofar”: Was there just one shofar? Was “the shofar” a specific shofar (yadua) or did you mean “A shofar”?

    We will soon learn the koach of these mekubalim.

  2. Just curious, was parshat hakitorat one of the tefillot that was said. (ahrin hkohen stopped a magafa in the midbar thru burning of the ktoret(if I remember correctly)?

  3. Yes, it is a wonderful thing to organize such tefillos, but we must all do our hishtadlus too. Get the flu shot, wash hands frequently, etc.

  4. There is a clear disconnect between observing modern scientific medical precautions on one hand, and on the other hand believing that kabbalistic magic is what really makes the difference. If the magic works, nothing else is necessary.

  5. Zalman – there is no disconnect. The same people who practice Kabbalah (the ones who know what they’re doing, not the “cult types”) also do their hishtadlus.

    They also use modern scientific medical practice when appropriate, while still praying and whatever else.

    The “science versus religion” idea is not valid. It’s “both science and religion” each in its proper place and perspective.

  6. I’d like to rephrase that a little.

    Torah is of course supreme. But science as properly done is not contradictory. Science is concerned with “how” not “why.” There are however different angles to everyday occurrences.

    Thus one goes to the doctor and follows medical orders, but that does not indicate that the person does not doven – HaShem is the Healer and the doctor is the shaliach. But it is all done in such a way that there are no open miracles in our days.

    These Mekubalim are praying for the health of the community, but they don’t seem to be telling people not to get flu shots or wash their hands. Quite the contrary.

  7. I reread the article above. Here’s the mekubalim’s closest reference to medical preventive care.

    “The purpose of the flight was to stop the epidemic, thus preventing further deaths,” explained Rav Yitzchok Batzri, whose father, Rav Dovid Batzri, the noted mekubal, had initiated the flight. “We are certain that because of our tefillos, danger is already behind us,” he added. ”

    I think Rav Batzri made his position clear. Others may add to his words,reinterpret them, apologize for them, even distort them. But he said what he said. I trust him that he means it.

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