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Daily Israel Report

Sabbath in the Sky in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv bathers will see the Sabbath in the sky as Chabad activists’ special glider takes to the air.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 8/10/2012, 11:21 AM

Chabad glider with Sabbat times
Chabad glider with Sabbat times
Chabad Tel Aviv-Yafo

The Chabad-Lubavitch movement has unveiled a new project in Tel Aviv that will have beachgoers seeing the Sabbath in the sky.

The group’s Tel Aviv-Yafo branch has prepared a special glider that will hover over the coastline with the pre-Sabbath candle lighting times printed on its underside, allowing passersby to see when the holy day begins.

The new project is part of an ongoing campaign to increase Sabbath observance in the largely secular city. In addition to the glider, Chabad activists have distributed material explaining the holiness of the Sabbath day, put up billboards explaining the importance of Sabbath observance, and spoken to hundreds of families about the mitzvoth (commandments) relating to the Sabbath day.

“We firmly believe that every Jew and Jewess in every place, and the precious young people in Tel Aviv in particular, desire in their hearts to observe the Sabbath, a mitzvah which provides incomparable spiritual joy,” said Chabad coordinator Rabbi Yosef Gerlitzky.

“All we need to do is to remind them and reveal to them that the Sabbath is approaching, and to wish them ‘Shabbat Shalom,’” he continued. “The rest, the Jewish soul will do by itself.”