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#1 compl3x

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 11:13

Plane insane: man wraps himself in a plastic sheet to preserve his purity while flying over a graveyard

A PHOTO taken of an Orthodox Jewish crazy wrapped in plastic on an aircraft has gone viral on the Internet.

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According to this report, the lunatic in the picture – a man dressed entirely in black – is apparently a Kohein, a religious descendant of the priests of ancient Israel, who are banned from flying over cemeteries.


But Rabbi Jeffrey W Goldwasser, in an article for About.com, explained that many wrap themselves in plastic bags as a compromise measure.

In orthodox and Conservative communities, Kohanim, plural of Kohein are expected to abstain from coming in contact with the dead, which includes a prohibition on visiting cemeteries except for the funerals of close relatives.


As a controversial solution – not entirely agreed upon even by Orthodox Jews – the plastic bag used by the man here would act as a sort of barrier between the Kohein and the surrounding tumah, or impurity.


Some flights also go to great lengths to take specific paths to avoid cemeteries. Passengers can also be made aware in advance if a body will be aboard the plane in cargo.

Despite what could be seen as a solution, albeit unusual, flights have been delayed or turned around because they refused to carry the passenger wrapped in a bag out of safety concerns.

Even if they can be secured by a seat belt, the passengers wouldn’t be able to reach an oxygen mask or quickly escape the plane in the event of an emergency.

There is also is the question of how they can breathe. Pre-punched holes in the plastic are said to invalidate the barrier, according to Jewish newspaper YatedNe’eman.

Only if when the kohein is putting on this bag it accidentally rips can there be some leniency.

Kohanim have a duty to protect their taharah, purity. They have been bestowed with extra kedushah which makes them worth of being meshorsei Hashem. At times, there may be extra demands made upon them in order to maintain that standard of kedushah and taharah.



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lol... Just, lol.


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Posted 20 April 2013 - 11:18

If only he was already inside some form of large, metal tube...

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 11:24

Wiki says it's Kohen

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 11:27

I guess now companies are going to have to put new warning on the plastic bags they use to ship their products in:


“Warning: To avoid danger of suffocation, keep this plastic bag away from babies, children, and Orthodox Jewish Priests. Do not use this bag in planes, cribs, beds, carriages, or playpens. This bag is not a toy or to be used to preserve superstitious purity.”

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 11:27

It's just as well there aren't any snakes on the plane. What would he do then!

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 14:41

sorry, no offence, but that is just plane silly. and banned from flying over graveyards? what?

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 15:31

How ridiculous At what point after the invention of planes did some priest somewhere decide they shouldn't be allowed to fly over graveyards? I'm assuming it stems back to an old old rule about not being able to pass over graveyards, in which case, plastic wouldn't have been invented and when it was, who decided it would be fit to serve this purpose? Madness, harmless but mad!

If only he was already inside some form of large, metal tube...


You win my internet awesome of the day award :p

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 17:06

Yeah, I like how being tens of thousands of feet above these imaginary floating dead people, and inside a metal plane isn't enough, but the plastic bag, yep, that'll keep em out.

Good job again, religion. You never cease to make me laugh at your ridiculousness.

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 17:13

sorry, no offence, but that is just plane silly.


I see what you did there... :shifty:

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 17:14

When the mind goes... it REALLY goes.

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 19:05

How ridiculous At what point after the invention of planes did some priest somewhere decide they shouldn't be allowed to fly over graveyards? I'm assuming it stems back to an old old rule about not being able to pass over graveyards, in which case, plastic wouldn't have been invented and when it was, who decided it would be fit to serve this purpose? Madness, harmless but mad!


I don't think there's any point trying to explain the irrational.

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 19:10

But if he was a Muslim, this thread would be full of condescending lectures about how we have to "accept" and "understand" the religious differences of others.

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 19:18

But if he was a Muslim, this thread would be full of condescending lectures about how we have to "accept" and "understand" the religious differences of others.


Not on here it wouldn't! :p

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 19:20

oh, come on, you know in the old testament it says that you should never fly in a plane over a graveyard... and if you do, you have to be in a plastic bag

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 19:47

oh, come on, you know in the old testament it says that you should never fly in a plane over a graveyard... and if you do, you have to be in a plastic bag

Dude, get your **** straight... it was in the Middle Testament and they took it out!