January 15 marked the 10-year anniversary of the safe landing of Flight 1549, which has come to be known as the “Miracle on the Hudson.”
I, too, admire Captain Sullenberger’s clear, out-of-the box thinking. The passengers’ safety and survival were his top priority.
I also remember what went through my mind at the time (one of those “where were you when you heard” moments). You see, January 15 was during one of the wars between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. It was known as Operation Cast Lead, and it ended one day (?) two days (?) before the inauguration of Barack Obama.
The point is, I remember people were davening differently, better, more intensely because of the war. Some took on kabbalos. These were active topics of conversation where I worked.
So when I saw the smooth landing with no loss of life that day, one of the things I asked myself was whether the focused effort so many Yidden had put into their davening could have influenced the outcome of this near-disaster.
I’m not suggesting that I know why it went well, why lives were saved. Chas v’shalom. But I still find that it is food for thought.