Cape Canaveral, FL - Report: Saturday Failed Launch Of Amos 6 Had Been Approved By Israel’s Chief Rabbi
Cape Canaveral, FL - The planned launch of Israel’s Amos 6 communications satellite was a complex process that involved representatives of the country’s aerospace industry, security specialists and one unexpected expert: Israel’s Ashkenazic chief rabbi, Rabbi David Lau.
Rabbi Lau had been consulted on the launch of the Amos 6 satellite, which exploded last week on a Florida launch pad during a routine test as reported by VIN News (http://bit.ly/2c7MO6A).
According to Israeli website Kikar HaShabat, Rabbi Lau had been consulted over the last few months on the Amos 6 launch and after being briefed on classified information, he gave his approval despite potential issues of Sabbath desecration, saying that because the satellite would provide essential life saving services, a Saturday launch permissible according to halacha.
Within hours of the explosion, members of Israel’s United Torah Judaism party blamed the explosion on the planned Saturday launch date.
A senior military rabbi was sent to the launch site in Florida days after Rabbi Lau issued his ruling to become more familiar with details of the operation and to instruct Jewish employees how to avoid performing actions that did not have life or death consequences during the planned Saturday launch.
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