- Carl Sagan
How come no one is disturbed, frightened, alerted by a man on an aircraft all wrapped up in plastic?
In an increasingly xenophobic world, one can only marvel that the gentleman in the picture managed to travel without incident. From reports, it emerges that he belongs to the Israeli priestly class:
According to Haaretz: “Rabbi Yosef Shalom Eliashiv, the leader of the Lithuanian Haredi community in Israel, published a halakhic ruling in the past stipulating that Cohens mustn’t fly... because they are prohibited from flying over a cemetery.“
Later, Rabbi Eliashiv found a solution to this issue, ruling that wrapping oneself in thick plastic bags while the plane crossed over the cemetery is permissible.”Indeed, there seems to be some precedent for holy men attempting to travel in plastic bags to and from Israel.
- Aren't there security concerns?
- What if there is air turbulence and he is asked to take off his new garment?
- How does one identify his status and motives?
- Will this leniency be extended to other religious considerations?
The report says that since he made it to his destination, it is likely there was a hole in the plastic for him to breathe.
Now, would that hole not be adequate enough to permit defilement? I also wonder how plastic, the defiler of Nature, is seen as a protector. Besides, should not people of god who are marketing the Maker on earth be accepting of death, which will finally give them an audience with her/him?
While one respects people's beliefs, where does one draw the line in terms of social space?