National Aviation Day and the Flying Torah

Did you know that half of America’s Jewish clergy volunteered as chaplains in World War II? 311 were selected to serve Jewish military personnel serving in the Armed Forces, one of whom was Capt. Harold H. Gordon of the North Atlantic Division of the Air Transport Command. A Torah scroll, that later became known as the “Flying Torah,” was loaned to him by Beth Israel Synagogue in Bangor, Maine. During World War II, Capt. Gordon flew over 75,000 miles, bringing the Torah to Jewish servicemen in his wing. The comic book “Chaplains at War” tells the story of Capt. Harold H. Gordon and the “Flying Torah”—part of the extensive Museum Collections.

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