On May 14th, the 5th of the Hebrew Month of Iyyar, 1948, David Ben Gurion read aloud the Declaration of Independence. The birth of the Jewish State, after thousands of years, was nothing less than a miracle.
When the State of Israel was established in 1948, Hatikvah was unofficially proclaimed the national anthem. As titled, "The Hope", this anthem speaks of the establishment of a sovereign and free nation in our homeland, the Land of Israel.
Another day, another blow. The land is screaming "enough lies!" You will see the day will come. The dawn will break, The spark of light. We will still be waving our blue and white flag. Come sing along while waving your flag proudly wherever you may be in the world!
Together, we recalled the hope that persevered in spite of immense suffering, we learned of the rebuilding of life in Israel, and as witnesses to witness, we expressed our collective desire to comprehend how survivors have coped with the painful memories so that we too, might learn lessons that we can relate to in the future.
Each nation honors those who gave their lives depending on how it views itself. Whether with a pride of the present, a shame of the past, or a feeling of inevitability; Memorial/Veterans Day gives us a glimpse at a nation’s soul.
The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising was the first attempt to resist the Nazi onslaught and their attempt to annihilate the Jewish people. The details of its history are a legacy to be remembered as we RAISE OUR FLAG in memory.
Those of us who live in the diaspora have an obligation to defend Israel in whatever way we can. It is the 'tax' for not living there, so to speak. For every Jew who take her or his tradition seriously, Israel remains close to our hearts, and whatever our political leanings, we owe it our fidelity and frequent presence and our love.
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