Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz has given approval for flights to take off from Ben-Gurion International Airport for Uman throughout the night on motzei Shabbos erev Rosh Hashanah. The minister was asked to permit the flights as many persons intending to fly to Uman after Shabbos feared if they can only leave on Sunday morning, some travelers may be stuck close to yomtov as they travel from the airport to the tziyun.
Takeoffs are prohibited in the airport from 01:00 to 05:30 daily. Without Katz’s okay, the first flights for Uman would not have departed from Israel until Sunday morning and this would be cutting it close for many mispallalim who wish to daven at the tziyun of Rav Nachman ZT”L on Rosh Hashanah.
Deputy Education Minister Meir Porush has been working during recent weeks to persuade the minister to give the okay for the flights to take off on motzei shabbos and throughout the night. He was dealing with Transportation Ministry Director-General Uzi Yitzchaki and the Director-General of the Airport Authority, Yaakov Ganot. Porush works to assist the travelers to Uman every year, and this year he came through once again. It was Porush who was also instrumental a number of years ago in eliminating the need for obtaining a visa before traveling to Uman. This made it significantly easier for mispallalim heading to Uman for Rosh Hashanah and year-round.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)