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Legacy: The Yellow Violin

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Hundreds of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reservists have been mobilized to guard the area around Gaza in reaction to the Iranian-sponsored Islamic Jihad that is continuing a rocket barrage against the State of Israel. Thousands of innocent Israelis remain in nearby bomb shelters, dreading the moment they need to enter its doorways. Nearly 200 rockets have been fired at the Holy Land in just the past few days, all launching from the Gaza Strip.

When Gitta Jaroslawicz-Neufeld won $50,000 on the Who Wants to be a Millionaire? TV game show, she decided to use the money to fly to Israel to attend the Yemei Iyun B’Tanakh – a religious Bible study conference held at Herzog College in Alon Shvut in Israel’s Gush Etzion region. There she discovered an exciting world of Tanakh lecturers and resolved to help Jewish Studies teachers from New York schools to study with them.

Years ago, I read a beautiful story about a tiny Torah scroll hidden in the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp used to help teach young boys to read and become a Bar Mitzvah while in the camp. Although the rabbi who kept the Torah and taught the boys did not survive, the scroll itself did. The scroll made it to Israel and through the incredible world of Jewish connections, was taken up to space with Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon. That Torah scroll, along with Ramon and the six other astronauts, were lost to the world when the Space Shuttle Columbia exploded on February 1, 2003.