From the Wires
Israir Airlines Introduces the 'Sky-Torah'
First Ever Torah Scroll to Fly the Skies - Grand Welcome Parade and Celebration at JFK
By: PR Newswire
Dec. 27, 2006 07:08 PM
VALLEY STREAM, N.Y., Dec. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Israir Airlines will soon become the first airline to maintain an authentic Torah Scroll on board its aircraft. The "Sky-Torah," handwritten according to Jewish custom by a professional Jewish Scribe especially for the airline, is the first of its kind. The Torah will enhance the prayers of those who are in the skies, praying in the closest place to God in the world.
Keeping a traditional Torah Scroll*, on an aircraft is the idea of Rabbi Shlomo Elharar, Chief Rabbi of Colombia, South America. After years of hard work towards this dream, the Torah is finally ready to be installed permanently on board one of Israir's aircrafts.
The Torah will be completed December 27 in Aventura, Florida, and will be escorted to JFK Airport in New York for a welcome celebration, and then to Israel.
The Torah will be welcomed on its way to Israel with a grand celebration in JFK Airport, Terminal 4, December 28, 12:00 pm. The Torah will be carried under a traditional "chuppah," with singing, dancing, live music, children and important Rabbis and dignitaries in attendance.
The Torah is dedicated to the Chief Rabbi of Colombia and to the fallen soldiers of Israel, and those still in captivity.
The event will take place December 28, 2006, at 12:00pm at JFK Airport. For more information or to RSVP: Yossi Soffer -- 917-428-6317 * About the Torah Scroll: A Torah Scroll is the holiest book within Judaism, made up of the five books of Moses. It must be written by a specially trained scribe called a sofer. A sofer must know more than 4,000 Judaic laws before writing a Torah, which takes about a year. A single missing or misshapen letter invalidates the entire Torah. The Torah we use today is written exactly the same way the Torah was written the first time by Moses 3,300 years ago. About Israir Airlines
Established in 1996, Israir Airlines is the second largest airline in Israel. Its elite fleet of Boeing 767-300 and 757-200 aircraft offers international flights between Israel and New York, the Mediterranean and Europe, as well as domestic flights between Ben Gurion and Eilat.Israir Airlines
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