By April Akiva, MAJE, Director of Congregational Learning
One of my favorite Facebook pictures is from the 2007 URJ Biennial, where I am seen carrying a TBS Torah on my back. The Torah peeps out of a duffle bag as I proudly inform everyone that I have a “Torah 2 Go.” Torah can be viewed and studied almost anywhere—all over the world and even beyond. Who can forget the image of the mini Torah that Israeli Astronaut, Ilan Ramon, brought into space? In pictures from the on-camera broadcast, Ramon is seen holding a Torah that originated at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp and ended up in a space shuttle overlooking planet Earth. In his conversation with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Ramon commented that the scroll represents the Jewish people’s eternal ability to survive.
Judaism, indeed, is mobile and portable. How do you take advantage of this mitzvah?