Some 80 Torah observant people landed several minutes before Shabbos Parshas Vayechi in the Ben Gurion International Airport in Lod, Israel.
Their Swiss Air flight was meant to depart on Friday morning from Zurich, but was delayed, leaving frum passengers immensely worried about desecrating the Shabbos.
But when they landed – very close to Shabbat- there was a whole operation in place to assist them.
Passengers with young children were taken to the nearby Kfar Chabad village, where they were graciously hosted by local Lubavitchers.
The others were cared for by the ZAKA humanitarian volunteer organization, who are regularly seen at disaster zones.
They coordinated rooms for sleeping and eating in the airport thanks to the airport Rabbi Nissim Elimaliach and the El Al Rabbi Yochanan Chayut.
Hatzvi bakery in Bnei Brak donated Challahs and other baked good, Shtisel catering donated food for the 3 Shabbos meals, and the Municipality of Petach Tikvah lent mattresses and blankets.
“It was a very inspirational Shabbos,” said Berele Yaakobovitch, a ZAKA volunteer who spent Shabbos at the airport, told COLlive.com. “Everyone sat together around the tables and sang Zmiros while curious people stood around watching.”