Jeff Hoffman became a NASA astronaut in 1978. On his five space missions, he chose to bring numerous Jewish objects, such as mezuzot, dreidels and atarot from his sons’ tallitot, into space. The most notable item was a small Torah scroll that he took on his last mission. Rabbi Shaul Osadchey, Jeff’s spiritual leader, was instrumental in making it possible for Jeff to take a Torah scroll (the “Space Torah”) into space. Jeff saw the act of bringing religious objects into space not only as part of bringing his own tradition with him, but also as adding symbolic meaning to bringing the holiness of human life into space.
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- 11/11/2021, 6:30 pmFact SheetWhenEvery day (all day)Last event on November 21, 2021For whomGrade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, ParentsPriceFree
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