• Lubavitcher Helps Lunar Launch

    Launching a spacecraft to reach the moon is no small feat. Very few countries have managed it as of yet, and Israel is vying to be another. Yesterday, Israel launched a historic mission to the moon and the System Engineering Manager for the project is Alexander Friedman, a Lubavitcher Chossid • Full Story

    Launching a spacecraft to reach the moon is no small feat. Very few countries have managed it as of yet, and Israel is vying to be another.

    Yesterday, Israel launched a historic mission to the moon and the System Engineering Manager for the project is Alexander Friedman, a Lubavitcher Chossid.

    Alex was born in Russia in 1950, and only met his father at the age of 7-years-old, when his father was freed from prison for Jewish activities.

    Life for the Friedman’s was dangerous. They used to Daven in hiding, and Alex would receive a doctor’s note so as to not have to go to school on Shabbos.

    After receiving exit visas for his family, he settled in Israel in 1970.

    Alex graduated with a degree in applied mathematics from Jerusalem Hebrew University, and has more than 35 years of experience in satellites design.

    Now he is the System Engineering Manager for SpaceIL and its mission to the moon.

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    1. In this article it says Alexander Friedman, (a Lubavitcher Chossid). who sent the first Israeli SpaceCraft to the moon said a special תפילת הדרך for the spacecraft.

      יהי רצון מלפניך ה’ אלוקינו ואלוקי אבותינו, שתשלח ברכה והצלחה בכל מעשי ידינו. שתוליך את חלליתנו לשלום ותסמכֶהָ לשלום, ותצילה מכל מיני תקלות, ונזכה לראותה מגיעה לירח לשלום. ותחזירה לשמחה ולשלום. כי ה’ יתן חכמה מפיו דעת ותבונה. כי א-ל שומע תפילה ותחנון אתה. ברוך אתה שומע תפילה.

      https://www.inn.co.il/News/News.aspx/394852

      Crown Heights Resident
    2. I don’t understand. It’s flying on Shabbos. Aren’t there Jews on board? Why is this a good thing?
      (The tens of letters of the Rebbe about the Israeli boats come to mind…)

      Shliach
    3. The Israeli space craft DOES NOT have any astronauts on it. The space craft only has a robot in it.

      Crown Heights Resident
    4. The unmanned craft was launched Erev Shabbos and will take a few days to get to the moon. It will entail public Sabbath desecration by many Jews as they man their monitoring stations controlling the flight path on Shabbos, continuing into the following days. Your question “Why is this a good thing?” is appropriate, and of course, the answer is that it isn’t a good thing.

      To Shliach from Leib
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