• Chabad Rabbi Stuck in ‘Traffic’ at the Dead Sea

    Traffic horror stories in Israel are famous, and driving on highways in the Holy Land is reserved only for the brave at heart • Full Story, Video

    The Jewish Press

    Traffic horror stories in Israel are famous, and driving on highways in the Holy Land is reserved only for the brave at heart.

    It is well known that Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries are among the bravest rabbis in the world, of course. But on Thursday, even Chabad of Dead Sea director Rabbi Shimon Elharar met his match, running into a massive “traffic jam” on the highway alongside the Dead Sea.

    “It’s not only in Tel Aviv that one has to worry about getting stuck,” Elharar chuckled in an exclusive interview with JewishPress.com.

    “We were driving back from a Bat Mitzvah atop the cliff-top fortress at Masada,” said the rabbi, “and suddenly we found ourselves in the middle of a ‘traffic jam.’”

    A massive camel herd simply strolled into the road, right in front of Elharar’s amazed eyes. The rabbi barely had time to hit the brakes, he said.

    “God allowed those camels to pass me [on the road],” the emissary said with a laugh.

    Elharar typically spends half of his day in his car, visiting Jews at locations from one end of the Dead Sea to the other.

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