There is something so unique about witnessing awe when we share something fantastic with our children. During Hebrew School this week we spoke at length about Yom HaZikaron, learning parts of the story of one of my friends, Michael Levin z''l, who died during the Second Lebanon War. Then we explored the miracle of Israel, celebrating her 68 years of Independence and seeing our students take it all in. We pause to recognize the blessing of Israel. For generations we have hoped, prayed, and fought for this reality, the Jewish homeland. For centuries we have adamantly declared "L'Shana Haba'ah B'yerushalyim - Next year in Jerusalem!" around our Passover seders. Today, this is a reality. We have so much to be grateful for with the awareness that there has been a lot of loss and there continues to be loss in actualizing this dream. So today we celebrate because Israel is a gift. I believe it cuts to the core of who we are as Jews. Please enjoy this video of 68 facts about Israel. I learned a few things from it. The video is here.
As we prepare for Shabbat and pause from the business and the emotional nature of Yom HaZikaron, Israel's Memorial Day, and Yom Ha'aztmaut, Israel's Independence Day, let's keep the blessing of Israel on our minds and in our hearts.