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Cape Canaveral, FL - Report: Saturday Failed Launch Of Amos 6 Had Been Approved By Israel’s Chief Rabbi

Published on: September 7, 2016 10:34 AM
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A still image taken from video of smoke rising on the launch site of SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in Cape Canaveral, Florida, September 1, 2016.  NASA TV/Handout via REUTERS A still image taken from video of smoke rising on the launch site of SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in Cape Canaveral, Florida, September 1, 2016.  NASA TV/Handout via REUTERS

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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 Sep 07, 2016 at 11:02 AM alterknaker Says:

What a twisted mind

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 Sep 07, 2016 at 12:09 PM REALIST Says:

Reply to #1  
alterknaker Says:

What a twisted mind

Whose?
The chief Rabbi's
Or yours?

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 Sep 07, 2016 at 12:21 PM Anonymous Says:

These r the chief Rabbis. Secular people garbed in orthodox clothes. Theyr nothing but a bunch of hypocrites. But y am I not shocked? It just confirmed what I always thought. Rabbis belonging to a Medinah that desecrates Hashems will every minute of its standing are nothing but pawns of the treifene medinah. Its just heartwarming for all these innocent people to see the true color of these "so called" Rabbis if theyre Zoicha to this stunning eyeopener.

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 Sep 07, 2016 at 02:45 PM SammyPos Says:

Sounds VERY strange to permit Shabbos activity because of the reason mentioned!

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 Sep 07, 2016 at 02:48 PM Anonymous Says:

Better to send experts in the area and rely on what they say. This certainly did not end well.

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 Sep 07, 2016 at 03:42 PM LebidikYankel Says:

I am moche. Both chief rabbis are chareidim ldvar Hashem and tremendous talmidei chachamim.

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 Sep 07, 2016 at 03:43 PM achassidisheyid Says:

Chamira sakanta meisura. It also did not end well for those in Europe who heeded the psak of the gedolim to stay rather than flee the imminent German onslaught. (BTW, Rabbi Lau's father did survive the concentration camps as a child. See his autobiography : Out of the depths) All this proves is that chazal are right. There is no nevuah after the Churban.

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 Sep 07, 2016 at 08:39 PM MarkTwain2 Says:

Oh boy. Now they'll need to differentiate why working on satellite on Shabbos is OK but building Tel aviv train isn't.

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 Sep 07, 2016 at 11:39 PM me Says:

I also do not understand why Shabbos desecration was necessary. What would happen if it were launched on a week day instead?

Not clear, need more info to understand p'sok halacha....

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 Sep 08, 2016 at 01:50 AM Mark Levin Says:

What a stretch! The satellite 'will' save lives so chilul shabbos is mutar?

I guess HKB'H thought differently!!!

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 Sep 08, 2016 at 01:46 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #9  
me Says:

I also do not understand why Shabbos desecration was necessary. What would happen if it were launched on a week day instead?

Not clear, need more info to understand p'sok halacha....

They might have had to launch on Shabbos. It is a simple matter of science. The rocket needs to go on a very specific, very accurate path to deposit the satellites in their very specific, very precise orbits. Think about throwing a ball. When tossing it to a child standing 3 feet away, if your throw is off by small angle, maybe 1 or 2 degrees, it doesn't really matter. The ball will still head in the direction of the child. However, as the distance between you increases, the angle becomes more significant. If you were throwing the ball to a child standing 2 miles away, the 1-2 degree angle will result in your ball being quite a distance away from him. Imagine doing this while rotating like the Earth. This is why rockets have launch windows. Sophisticated mathematics is used to ensure that the rocket will be on the correct trajectory. This is one reason why it is not trivial to delay launches. Weather and the availability of the facility are other reasons. Shabbos may have been the only day to launch without a significant delay.

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