Naama Itzkovich
Woman goes 'missing' over observing Shabbat
Naama Itzkovich, reported missing Friday, had taken a wrong turn on her way to Mazkeret Batya and decided to stay in Ashdod to avoid Shabbat desecration

A helicopter-aided extensive search was launched after Naama Itzkovich, 20, who was reported missing Friday after failing to arrive at her fiancé's house in Mazkeret Batya.


After 24 hours, during which police officers and volunteers were searching for Itzkovich, it turned out that she got lost on her way to Mazkeret Batya and decided to stop in Ashdod and stay with a family that agreed to take her in so to avoid desecrating Shabbat.


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Itzkovich called her parents only when Shabbat ended to let them know where she was – not knowing that a frantic search for her had conducted throughout Shabbat. 


Itzkiovich left her parents' house on 3 pm Friday. When she failed to arrive at her fiancé's house, her father rushed to the police station and reported his daughter missing, saying that she was not answering her phone.


Following the report, the Netanya police launched a search, including helicopters flying over her planned route in search of her car, and a technical team attempting to trace her phone.


Only later it turned out that she did not answer her phone due to Shabbat.


After speaking to his daughter, Itzkovich's father told Ynet: "She told us she was on her way to Mazkeret Batya, but took a wrong turn… and since Shabbat was starting, a haredi family she had met has agreed to host her so that she doesn’t desecrate Shabbat, and she didn’t have time to contact us and let us know.


"She didn’t desecrate Shabbat – but we did looking for her," the father added. 'It was very hard, but we can't thank the police enough for doing everything so professionally in an attempt to find Naama."



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