If you look into the sky tonight, you just might see a small spacecraft landing on the moon. This tiny robotic craft was launched by Israel on February 21, and with a successful landing, Israel will join the USA, Russia and China in this monumental task.
The name of the spacecraft is Beresheet, which is the first word in the Torah and means, “In the beginning…” With this lunar landing, Israel is embarking on a new, exciting chapter in its contributions to global scientific research. This craft will be measuring magnetic anomalies on the moon.
Certainly, this is a major accomplishment for the State of Israel and should be celebrated as a point of tremendous pride for the Jewish people. So, as we gaze upon a moon-lit sky tonight, we might consider saying a Shehechiyanu as we express our joy for this accomplishment today and share hopes with Jews around the world for what tomorrow may bring.