Quick Response from El Al Will Allow Kohanim to Resume JFK Flights

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Just hours after the Misaskim organization issued an advisory at the behest of Rav Yechezkel Roth, the Karlsburger Rov, warning kohanim of a change in handling that invalidated a heter allowing them to fly on El Al flights transporting niftarim out of JFK Airport, the airline has taken positive steps that will rectify the situation in a matter of days.

On Wednesday night, Misaskim founder and director Rabbi Yanky Meyer was contacted by a high-ranking El Al official who was completely unaware of the situation that affected kohanim. After investigating the matter, he determined that it wasn’t an intentional change in policy. Rather, the airline had run out of the special boxes that were used to encase coffins, which created the problem that prompted Rav Roth to rescind the heter that had allowed kohanim to take El Al flights carrying niftarim.

El Al is expecting a new shipment of boxes to arrive within 24 hours and no niftarim will be transported out of JFK until after Shabbos. A second shipment of boxes is due to arrive next week and the airline will keep an emergency supply of approximately two dozen boxes in Misaskim’s warehouse in case any further shortages occur.

“We are very grateful to El Al for its prompt response to this problem,” said Rabbi Meyer. “It is clear that they take our community’s concerns very seriously and we look forward to a follow up meeting with them and Rav Roth next week to ensure that all of the relevant issues are being properly addressed.”



  1. Boy does money talk. Once the greedy ElAl realized that there other airlines that would gladly take maisim kihalacha, they jumped back on that gravy train. The bare headed pork eating ElAl couldn’t care less about Chareidim or their concerns. Pheh. Take United or one of the others.


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