A prayer for Israel to be sent to space

December 17, 2021 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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President Isaac Herzog has met with Eytan Stibbe, the Israeli who will fly to the International Space Station in two months’ time with the Rakia Mission.

Eytan Stibbe, President Isaac Herzog and the glass cube         Photo: Kobi Gideon (GPO)

They discussed the preparations for the Rakia Mission led in Israel by the Ramon Foundation and the Israel Space Agency in the Ministry of Innovation, Science, and Technology. The President gave Stibbe a special gift: a glass cube inscribed with the Prayer for the Welfare of the State of Israel in the handwriting of its author, the President’s grandfather, Israel’s first chief rabbi, Yitzhak Isaac HaLevi Herzog.

The President wished Eytan great success ahead of his space mission saying: “The whole nation is watching you. I want to wish you, from the bottom of my heart, success in your important space mission. May you influence the whole of humanity for another hundred years. May you continue to bring all of us, your nation, your country, and your family, great pride. Fly in peace and return in peace. Look after yourself!”

The cube

Eytan Stibbe thanked the President and responded: “As an Israeli who was born and raised and studied here, it is a great honour for me to meet the President and share with him details about the Rakia Mission. The mission’s purpose is to arouse curiosity about our existence here on Planet Earth and to allow Israelis to take part in a unique international project in a range of scientific, technological, and artistic fields with an emphasis on innovation and education. I’ll take this prayer with me and as it says here, from the ‘edge of the heavens’ it will return here, to Israel, to the President’s Residence.”

In two months, Eytan Stibbe will fly to the International Space Station as part of the Rakia Mission. The purpose of the mission is to advance and expand the Israeli aerospace industry. During his time at the International Space Station, Eytan will facilitate dozens of scientific experiments for Israeli companies, conduct educational activities for Israeli children in Hebrew, and give a platform to unique works of Israeli art.

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