Neil Armstrong's Greatest Steps
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Neil Armstrong's Greatest Steps

Aug 27, 2012 at 11:30:46 PM

Neil Armstrong passed away this week at age 82 – a global iconic hero who became the first man to walk on the moon, uttering those immortal words, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

What many don't know is that Armstrong was a lover of Zion. Thomas Friedman's book, From Beirut to Jerusalem, describes a visit that Armstrong made to Israel after his trip to the moon. He was taken on a tour of Jerusalem by Israeli archaeologist Meir Ben-Dov.

"I have to tell you," Armstrong remarked while walking near the Temple Mount. "I am more excited stepping on these stones than I was stepping on the moon."

Truly immortal words.

Published: August 27, 2012


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Visitor Comments: 3

(1) Shoshana-Jerusalem, August 28, 2012 1:35 PM

Armstrong

When they were circling the moon just before the famous landing. he quoted from lthe book of Bereishis (Genesis) and said, " In the beginning G-d created the heaven and lthe earth and the earth was void and the spirit of G-d hovered above it."

Jimbo Salsa, August 29, 2012 7:26 PM

I think you're confused.

Actually, it was the astronauts of the Apollo 8 who read from Breishis on 24 December 1984.

Anonymous , August 29, 2012 8:13 PM

Reading from Genesis was genius

Interesting comment. Considering that this was the cold war, reminding the atheist Soviets that there is a G-d who created the world was genius and very appropriate. These days, if an astronaut were to read from the bible. people would be screamig "separation of religion and state, etc." and the ACLU would probably shoot him down with a missile.

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