TOI – Beresheet may have crashed, but for a moment we raised our eyes to the heavens (04/14/19)

Beresheet may have crashed, but for a moment we raised our eyes to the heavens.
While the Israeli spacecraft didn’t land on the moon, it did remind us to look beyond the borders of our own small worlds and let our imaginations soar.

By MELANIE LIDMAN
12 April 2019, 4:49 pm

Recently, someone in my neighborhood in Tel Aviv has been spray-painting the question, “Have you looked at the sky today?” on walls of buildings and at the dog park and local train station. Have you looked at the sky today? It’s a reminder to take our eyes off the phone in our hands, and look up, for a moment, to see what’s going on around us.

Over the past two months, I found myself lifting my eyes to the sky more and more, as I followed the trajectory of Beresheet’s elliptical path to the moon.

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A Responsum Regarding Space Travel (masorti)

Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin
June, 2002
Modern Issues in Jewish Law, Religion & Science, Responsa by David Golinkin

On July 19, 2002, Col. Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli astronaut, is scheduled to blast off in the space shuttle Columbia from Cape Canaveral, Florida. A few weeks ago, Rabbi David Golinkin was interviewed by “ABC Nightly News with Peter Jennings” for a halakhic reaction to that event. The interview has not yet been broadcast. In the meantime, Rabbi Golinkin has written a formal responsum, which we are reprinting here below.

Question from Daphna Venyige, ABC News Correspondent in Israel: Colonel Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli astronaut, is scheduled to blast off on the “Columbia” in July. He is not particularly religious, but believes that as Israel’s first astronaut, he has a higher duty to consider. “I feel I am representing all Jews and all Israelis”, he said. How should he, and any future observant Jews, observe Kashrut, daily prayer, Shabbat, and festivals?

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Beresheet – The spotify playlist

The I center, dedicated to sharing educative ressources about Israel, created a playlist for the Beresheet mission, filled with Israeli songs relevant to the adventure. It’s pretty awesome, and it’s right here:

The original page is here (and did I mention it’s pretty awesome?).