- One of the items that Col. Ilan Ramon was carrying with him in a protective casing was a small Torah scroll (Five Books of Moses) that had survived the Bergen Belsen concentration camp, as mentioned by Caroline Glick in her moving tribute to the memory of Ilan Ramon that was published in the Jerusalem Post of February 2 2003.
Ilan’s mother had been a survivor of a Nazi concentration camp.
While human life can be extinguished, the life of the Torah is never extinguished.
While Ilan’s physical body may not be able to be fully buried, the Jewish religious condition has it that a damaged Torah must indeed buried.
Residents of Texas and law enforcement officials should be on the alert that a small Torah scroll, which is perhaps damaged at this time, might be located and found.
It would be a great “mitzvah” to be on the lookout for a “sefer torah” that may have landed as debris on the Texas landscape.