As an Ultra Orthodox woman, I feel the need to voice my opinion, one which might seem unpopular right now.
Ive learnt in life that the most beautiful path for me is one with extra precautions and religious adherence ;Lifnim meshuras Hadin.. That is why I guess I fall into the category of being chareidi. That identity puts me into a constant mode of responsibility and vigilance towards anything I hear, see , smell or taste. But as as someone who loves people and doesnt want to burden those around me; whether its shlepping up my carriage alone or trying not to waste time in trafﬁc while others wait behind me… I am also fully aware that my religious precautions and burdens are solely on me.
We all have different standards of living and noone likes to be made to feel less or uncared about because of others needs…especially when its religious. That being said, I have never and should never take for granted that an airline who serves a nation and many races cannot possibly always be perfect at accomodatimg all my religious needs but I appreciate how they try. I appreciate how they try to kindly and subtly ask the male passenger next to me if hed like to switch seats for me.. I know its not regular protocal but I realize the staff wants to please me. I know that having 10 plus men crouching into one wing of an airplane can be bothersome for most and I realized we were given permission because the staff and airline want to please..
I have seen myself suddenly get an empty seat next to me because myself suddenly get an empty seat next to me because I didnt have a bassinette for my baby; I understand that was an extra service. I DO NOT EXPECT ALL THIS but I appreciate it immensely!!!!
I understand that my personal religious adherences are noone elses problem or burden besides for mine. I chose to keep them, I chose the merit and therefor choose the inconveniences. I take extra steps not to be in the way of those that dont understand. I make up for it with a smile and a good word. I try to lend a caring hand. Every time I do something extra for godsake I make sure to do it in a way that it doesnt infringe on others comforts.
That is why I will NEVER give up ELAL.
My safety is more important than anything else. Yes, when I sat business I was treated like a princess and when Im in economy I dont feel better than a chicken in his cage on an overloaded truck. But Id still be sitting on this airline knowing that most bare (regardless of their religious standards); a Jewish soul. My mom lost a suitcase with $5000 worth of clothes on UNITED two years ago. After showing them every receipt they still only sent her an $1800 check…. I got bitten on both Delta and United by bed bugs too.. Im prone to it.
On an Elal ﬂight: I lost my diamond earring almost a ct big , an hr later the Elal maintenance crew returned it to me. ..My mom left $14000 on the ﬂight only to remind herself a day later in jerusalem… in less than a day after that, she had it in her hands… THATS ELAL!!!! Complainers will be complainers… be complainers… I have this to tell all those chareidi people complaining: As Ive mentioned here; if you are choosing chumra in your life , you should choose to do it in a way where it will work for you and only u are affected…
WHY DO YOU PLAN A FLIGHT OUT OF NY TO TEL AVIV SO LATE ON THURSDAY when great chances are especially during a snowstorm that it will be delayed???????? Shouldnt you be the one to plan and manage your life Lifnim Meshuras Hadin? You live your life that way dont you? You made a bad decision by ﬂying during a snowstorm and on thursday evening which had more chances to be mechalel shabbos than not and you are blaming others? Yes, Elal made some mistakes but a big part of the burden of this mishap and this story sits on you. If you are going to live your life with chumra; then decisions like these will be of utmost importance… Especially if youre considered a Rabbi. dont try to block your guilt by blaming others…. I would like to personally thank ELAL for their great service all these years!!!I will continue ﬂying Elal.
In the name of many chareidim like me: THANK YOU ELAL!!!!