Route 6 synagogue 370.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
The renowned rabbi and Israel Prize Laureate Rabbi Yitzhak David Grossman has
successfully established a highway synagogue for religious commuters who find
themselves stuck on Route 6 while the specified time for the upcoming prayer is
drawing to a close.
The three Jewish prayer services – morning, afternoon
and evening – are delimited by strict time constraints.
For example, one
must pray the afternoon service only after mid-day but before sunset. If a
person happens to not have prayed the afternoon service but finds himself on a
highway shortly before sunset he faces a problem in finding an appropriate place
to perform the religious duty.
Many people facing this dilemma pull their
cars over onto the hard shoulder of the highway and pray there, although this is
dangerous and usually illegal.
The new highway synagogue is designed to
solve this problem, at least for drivers on Route 6.
The synagogue, which
is mobile, is currently located between the Baka and Iron interchanges of the
highway, on the northbound section of the road within the grounds of a service
station and is now up and running.
Numerous minyanim – quorums of 10
Jewish men for a prayer service – have already been conducted this week, the
first in which the synagogue has been operative.
Grossman, who conceived
the idea, turned to Udi Savion, director of the Derech Eretz road operator for
Route 6, which is a toll road, for permission to establish the synagogue and
place it in its current location.
Savion said that he was happy that he
could make a modest contribution toward the journey of passengers crossing
“I promised Rabbi Grossman that we will also establish another
synagogue going in the opposite direction, southward, and we’ll try and get this
done soon,” Savion added.
Grossman welcomed the establishment of the new
synagogue, saying that it was an important addition for the spiritual and
physical well being of commuters.
“There’s no doubt that this synagogue
will protect and safeguard the highway and those who travel on it,” the rabbi