Rabbi allows religious Jew to break Shabbat to launch satellite

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 Rabbi allowed religious Jew to break Shabbat to launch satellite

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying 34 Starlink satellites was launched on Saturday, September 10, 2022 from Cape Canaveral, Florida. A religious Israeli engineer received permission from a rabbi to break Shabbat so the mission could continue.< br />
The senior engineer turned to Rabbi Manhem Perl, head of the Tzomet Institute — an Israeli high-tech non-profit organization specializing in IT equipment and electronic devices designed to comply with Halacha, — and asked him what he could do to reconcile his professional goals with his Jewish faith on that big day when a satellite was launched into space to expand cell coverage on Earth using Israeli technology.

Pearl responded that he could work on Shabbat, even if it meant being physically present at the launch site, and that he could also get to the launch site by bus along with other staff.

“Conducting a launch in accordance with plan is of the highest public interest”, — Pearl wrote to the engineer.

“Improving cell coverage by launching a satellite could prevent life-threatening situations where people could call for help in areas where there was no coverage before. In addition, according to Jewish law, the participation of an Israeli engineer in such a project is of great importance, as far as technology and the State of Israel are concerned, — he noted.

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