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Crowdfunded Israeli Initiative Seeks to Land Torah on the Moon

TEL AVIV—French-Israeli entrepreneur Haim Aouizerate announced today the initiation of “Torah on the Moon” (TOTM), a “values-driven” space initiative aimed at landing a Torah (a Hebrew Bible scroll) on the Moon to celebrate the ancient book’s innumerable contributions to morality, justice, education, culture, arts, and sciences as well as to refocus society on the core values it contains.

An unmanned spacecraft will carry the Torah scroll to the Moon where it will be housed in a specially made capsule that will protect it during launch, landing, and the duration of its time in space. Individuals and groups can fund the unprecedented space mission by purchasing letters and phrases in the special Torah via the project’s state-of-the-art website, TorahOnTheMoon.com.

“Modernity has brought the significant blessing of technology to humanity. However, with this blessing, comes a loss of respect for the written word. Our goal is to reconnect people of all faiths with their identities, values, and roots by allowing the Torah, the world’s oldest code of conduct and law, to take center stage in a way previously thought unimaginable: a one-way, crowdfunded trip to the Moon,” said Aouizerate.

“We hope that this mission will help individuals around the world refocus their lives, moving away from materialism while embracing knowledge, history, and spiritual pursuits. To put it in the simplest terms, we are launching a Torah to keep our society grounded.”

TOTM’s remarkable letter-purchasing system allows users to search the full text of the Torah in several languages in order to choose their preferred “real estate” according to the meaning of a verse, the location in the Torah, or the numerical value. Users can even choose letters that spell out their names.

Aouizerate and his team have contracted the European Space Agency to accurately gauge the Moon’s environment and intend to expand the contract to include testing of the Torah’s space capsule. Additionally, the Zomet Institute, an Israeli non-profit public research institute run by Orthodox rabbis well versed in the synthesis of Torah law and modern life, has endorsed the entire Torah on the Moon project and continues to ensure that it fully conforms with Torah law requirements.

Though TOTM is a for-profit entity, it is fueled by a passion for education. To that end, the project will donate a portion of the proceeds to non-profit organizations that promote and facilitate education in Israel and around the world.

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