December 25, 2011, - 3:43 pm

Cool Chanukah VIDEO: Dreidel in Space

By Debbie Schlussel

Check out this very cool Chanukah video. It features Jeffrey A. Hoffman, a U.S. astronaut and the very first Jewish man in space. Hoffman was on five space shuttle flights, including the one to repair the Hubble Telescope. He also helped design the high pressure space suit. And he did this, which I love, in December 1993 on Space Shuttle Endeavor.


Watch the video . . .

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7 Responses

Nice, I didn’t know Jeffery Hoffman was Jewish.

Ilan on December 25, 2011 at 4:30 pm

I played that for the first time recently with some Jewish friends at Chanukah. I almost won.

CornCoLeo on December 25, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Love it!

The French director of Silent Movie is:_____. Some people like to know the background of successful people. Too bad, you can’t admit certain backgrounds in your own language. France: c’est fin.

Ropeadope on December 26, 2011 at 1:16 am

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anon on December 26, 2011 at 5:56 am

Thank you Debbie. This is a lovely video that I will share with others. Chanukah sameach.

Naomi R on December 26, 2011 at 9:25 am

He was almost first but no cigar. Ilan Ramon was the first Jewish (Israeli) astronaut on the Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-107) that was launched on January 16, 2003. The seven astronauts died on February 1, 2003, when Columbia broke apart during reentry into the atmosphere over Texas on its way to Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

But that should not take away any of Hoffman’s credit.


Len on December 26, 2011 at 8:06 pm

According to Wiki, there have actually been 14 Jewish astronauts. All but one flew for the US. But that first Jew in space was actually a Russian – Boris Volynov – who flew in 1969. Judith Resnick was the first American Jewish astronaut (She first flew in 1984, died the next year in the Challenger explosion). Hoffman followed the next year.

Raymond in DC on December 26, 2011 at 8:39 pm

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