The chagim are upon us and our soul-searching has begun. Just as we strive to establish meaningful connections through our personal reflection and observance, so, too, should our celebrations remind us of our origins as a people and our shared heritage in spite of distance, differences, and even doubt. Explore your Israel connection as we say Shanah Tovah!
In Munich, they all knew what it meant to be able to walk behind the Israeli Flag. Together, we can ensure that the memory of these Jewish men, and the incredible global effort to commemorate the massacre that cut their lives short, live on as an inspiration for others to learn from in our continued fight against terrorism.
The eerie calm of the ceasefire gives those of us in Israel a small space to breathe. It allows all of us, wherever we may be in the world, to take stock, to seek understanding, and to continue to hope for the future.
Whether in our homes, in battle, in israel, or in any other corner of the world, may our blessings of peace and our prayers of hope remind us that, in spite of our distance, and in spite of our differences, we are always stronger together.
As our soldiers are faced with a ground operation against those who seek to destroy us and do our citizens harm, we all hope and pray that, one day, all terror will end and we will live in peace.
Watch over our brave sons and daughters of Israel, and the many who remain the target of the ongoing missile attacks all over our land.
Eyal, Gilad, and Naftali, did not just belong to their loving families, or their fellow Israelis. They were members of the Jewish People, which has been mobilized in their names, and devastated by their loss. This is the sound of an entire nation's heart breaking.
Operation Shuvu Achim – Have no doubt, for our children, we will fight. We did not rebuild our ancient homeland to allow our children to be kidnapped and murdered here. The Land of Israel is our home, where we stand our ground and stop running, both as individual Jews and as a people. Here and now is where we choose not to live in fear.
We stand in unison as the siren wails. We think about our beloved sons and daughters who fell in battle for the sake of this sliver of Earth; and then the sun sets, we wipe our tears, and wave in our independence.
As we gather with family and friends this Passover, let us remember that slavery, redemption, wandering and the dream of freedom have always been part of a singular course in our people’s history: to ensure that we, our children, and our children’s children shall merit seeing Jewish life flourishing freely in a Jewish land.
In Israel, Purim is a National holiday. Together we celebrate the downs of potential demise, the ups of being saved and, above all else, having yet another reason to celebrate the incredible resilience of the Nation of Israel.
The Balfour Declaration was one of several milestones in our long struggle to create a place where Jews could live free in our ancient homeland. Join us in celebrating the 95th anniversary of this historic event!