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The story behind the scroll: Treasured Brooklyn Torah makes aliyah
Photo: Vivian Grossman
David Hamm deplanes the big flight, cradling the Torah close.
This summer, Nefesh B'Nefesh, one of JNF's partners in bringing pioneers to Israel's north and south, pulled off another round of successful group flights bringing new Israelis home. A process that a mere few years ago was taxing and grueling, NBN expertly facilitate with ease and skill. And while the olim on those flights share some similar dreams, each carries a unique personal narrative and family history.
Another such story comes to us from Margie and David Hamm from Brooklyn, N.Y., who were also among the 220 passengers on NBN's July 2016 flight. The Hamm's daughter and her family live in Israel, and it was their long-held dream to join her there. Along with packing up their lives and their possessions, the Hamms brought a special Torah scroll on their journey. This Torah was commissioned and written in Israel in memory of Margie and David's parents, so as David says, "in a sense, it was going home too."
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The Hamms are most looking forward to being close to family, and living in a Jewish country, where the "holiness of the land, if you click into it, can raise you spiritually higher than anywhere else in the world."
Photo: Nefesh B' Nefesh