Keeping The Promise

This award-winning book tells the gripping story behind the Sefer Torah (Torah scroll) that Ilan Ramon took up into outer space.

  • Ages 6-10
    • International Reading Association Teacher's Choice Award
    • New York State Reading Association’s Charlotte Award

This award-winning book tells the gripping story behind the Sefer Torah (Torah scroll) that Ilan Ramon took up into outer space. As you turn the pages, a chilling, true Holocaust Bar Mitzvah story unfolds, ending with an uplifting message.


  • "Keeping The Promise by Tami Lehman-Wilzig, for 6-10 year olds, is the beautifully illustrated and beautifully crafted story behind the scroll taken by Ilan Ramon, Israel's first astronaut, into space."

    Best Jewish Books of 2004
    The National Jewish Post & Opinion
    November 17, 2004


    "This book belongs on the shelves of Hebrew day schools and synagogue libraries nationwide."

    School Library Journal
    August, 2004


    "Keeping The Promise is a beautiful book with a beautiful message."


    "The spare, serious text by Tami Lehman-Wilzig and muted, soft drawings by Craig Orback create a lovely story of faith and hope."

    Cleveland Plain Dealer


    "Some tales are so compelling that no one could have invented them. Israeli writer Tami Lehman-Wilzig tells such a story in her new picture book Keeping The Promise - A Torah's Journey...Connecting the past with the present, it is a tribute to the faith of three men whose lives were intertwined with the tiny scroll."

    Jewish Women International
    March 29, 2004


    "This excellent read-aloud contains ties to literature and world history."

    The Reading Teacher
    International Reading Association
    November, 2005


    "...this is an affecting account even for those familiar with the little Torah's final journey."

    The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
    April, 2004


    "This is a beautifully illustrated work and a beautifully crafted true story."
    Sybil Kaplan
    National Jewish Post & Opinion


    Amazon Reader Review

    "This story of a tiny Torah scroll that survives the Nazis to accompany Ilan Ramon on the doomed Columbia mission is one that all children, especially Jewish children should hear. The themes of hope and promise are universal. There are true heroes in this world and Rabbi Dasberg (z"l) and Ilan Ramon (z"l) are two of them."

    C. Danziger


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