Israel’s Ladder to Space

Wow, what an unbelievable announcement in the last day that Israel is planning a lunar landing from aboard a SpaceX rocket taking off from Cape Canaveral towards the end of the year.

Israel will join the club of only three other countries to land on the moon–the richest and most powerful, America; the largest, Russia, and the most populous, China.

How does a little country like Israel reach the moon?

It is truly the fulfillment of our forefather, Jacob’s dream in the Torah, where in Genesis 28:10-17, Jacob dreams of a ladder between Earth and Heaven, and the angels of G-d were ascending and descending on the ladder.  At which point, G-d tells Jacob that:

“The land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it and to thy seed…And behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee whithersoever thou goest, and will bring thee back unto this land, for I will not leave thee until I have done that which of have spoken to thee of.”

Truly, after the six million martyrs and horrors of the Holocaust, G-d has indeed kept his promise to the Jewish people and has brought us back to the Holy Land, our land.

But moreover, G-d has extended the ladder of Jacob from Earth to Heaven for us.  He has blessed us so that the deserts bloom; we are spearheading new technologies and innovations and even going to the moon and stars;  Israel is the “Start-up Nation” economic miracle; and our military with G-d’s help is incredibly brave and strong.

The angels are ascending and descending–they are descending from G-d in Heaven bringing blessings to His people, and ascending, visiting our hopes, aspirations, and prayers back to G-d Almighty.

I am not only so proud of Israel launching a lander to the Moon, but also I am so in awe to watch the prophecy of the Torah fulfilled before our very eyes.  May Hashem soon bring the completion of the Mashiach in our times, speedily and in our days.  Amen.

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Andy Blumenthal is business and technology leader who writes frequently about Jewish life, culture, and security. All opinions are his own.
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