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Ramon, Ilan

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Israel’s First Astronaut
Remarks by Rabbi Zvi Konikov, director of Chabad of the Space & Treasure Coasts, Florida, at a NASA memorial for the seven astronauts of Columbia STS-107
The Legacy of Ilan Ramon
"Jerusalem, we have a problem!'” Ilan said to me. He wanted to know how to keep Shabbat in space
On the morning of February 1, 2003, the Columbia Space Shuttle, returning from its STS-107 mission, was destroyed upon re-entry, 16 minutes before its scheduled landing. All its crew members perished, including Ilan Ramon, a combat pilot in the Israeli Ai...
Ramon's journey is more than just another feel-good story for a country desperate for some good news. Rather it's an inspiring example of one man who senses the importance of Jewish identity
Usually, a person dies, and then their soul shines down on us from heaven. It is rare that a spirit shines down on us from heaven, and then dies
In Ethics of the Fathers our sages teach: "Repent one day before your death." The obvious question is asked: how does one know which day he or she is to die?
There were others who traveled to space, but no one ever carried anything like his kind of baggage. You could say that he took an entire people—3400 years of history included—to the heavens.
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