Among those who inscribed letters in the Torah Scroll: The President of Israel, the Prime Minister and Israeli ministers, rabbinical leaders, heads of Jewish organizations worldwide, Jewish Nobel Prize winners and thousands of members of the Matmid Frequent Flyer Club. The Torah Scroll will be carried on EL AL flights of national significance
A festive occasion with the participation of the Chief Rabbis of Israel, public figures, many guests and hundreds of EL AL employees marked the completion of the writing of the EL AL Torah Scroll for the Unity of Israel. EL AL CEO Elyezer Shkedy who initiated the writing of the Torah Scroll said that the project was motivated by a desire to help strengthen ties within the Jewish nation in Israel and worldwide. The connection to this project for EL AL, the airline that is identified everywhere in the world as the civilian wings of the Jewish nation and the State of Israel, was a natural one. “This is a special and unique Torah Scroll that expresses the unity of Israel and was written by members of the Jewish nation in all parts of the world in the present generation,” says Shkedy.
The Torah scroll was written over a period of three years during which the 304,805 letters that make up the 5,845 sentences in the Torah were written by the President of Israel, the Prime Minister, the heads of the security services led by the Chief of Staff, and spiritual leaders: the Chief Rabbis, rabbinical leaders, Torah scholars and yeshiva heads in Israel and worldwide, heads of Jewish organizations around the world, Israeli and other Jewish Nobel Prize winners, top athletes, including members of Israel’s Olympic team, artists, EL AL employees and thousands of members of the Matmid Frequent Flyer Club and other EL AL customers.
The writing of letters took place at sites related to the history of Israel, the nation and the State: on the walls of the Old City, in the Western Wall tunnels, in the presence of the paratroopers who liberated the Western Wall; on the desk of the Israeli delegation in the General Assembly of the UN; in the American Senate on Capitol Hill in the presence of senior senators and members of Congress; in Toulouse, where pupils from the Otzar HaTorah School were murdered; on the Great Wall of China, with the participation of the Israel Ambassador and members of the local community; in the Wansee Villa in Berlin where the order was given to destroy the Jewish nation; at the gates of the Auschwitz death camp in Poland and in Moscow at an event attended by 1000 local Jewish children. The historic journey of the Torah Scroll was completed on the EL AL campus, where it began three years ago. The Torah scroll will be kept in the synagogue on the EL AL campus and will accompany Israeli leaders on flights of national and historic significance.