Today is Yom Ha’atzmaut, otherwise known as Israeli Independence Day.
Though no country is perfect, I find it astonishing that in a little less than three-quarters of a century, she has become a vibrant, thriving democracy. Out of the desert and the memory of a thousand generations in exile, a modern country has risen. Through blood, sweat, tears, and the belief in a higher power, she has become the vision that has kept Judaism alive.
In his vision, the prophet sees himself standing in the valley full of dry human bones. He is commanded to carry a prophecy. Before him, the bones connect into human figures; then the bones become covered with tendon tissues, flesh, and skin. Then God reveals the bones to the prophet as the People of Israel in exile and commands the Prophet to carry another prophecy in order to revitalize these human figures, to resurrect them, and to bring them to the Land of Israel.
Happy Birthday Israel, may you live to see another 73 years and many more after that.
I don’t want to tell about about the Israel that you see on the news. We all get enough of that when we turn on our televisions or open the local newspaper. I want to tell you about the Israel that I have been to and I hope that one day, you will visit Israel for yourself.
Foodies will be high heaven when they visit Israel. There are more than enough options to please any palate (vegan included). I haven’t been to Israel since 2005, but my mouth waters at the memory of some of the food that was consumed.
The beaches in Tel Aviv are some of the most beautiful beaches on earth.
If there is one place that you visit in Israel, I recommend that you go to the Dead Sea. Besides the skin nourishing mud, the floating in the Dead Sea is an experience that you must have for yourself.
And finally, for the history buff, Jerusalem is the ultimate one two punch of history and the modern world. One cannot help but see where the past and the present collide.
Happy 71st birthday, Israel. May you have 71 more.
For any country, their Independence Day is a day celebration and joy. In Israel, that feeling on Yom Ha’atzmaut is no different.
Earlier this week, the citizens of Israel celebrated their Independence Day. One of the many things Israel is known for the nickname of “startup nation“.
The list of innovations include:
ReWalk, an external skeleton to help paraplegics gain or regain the mobility that many of us take for granted.
The Pillcam: a capsule that contains a tiny camera and allows doctors to see inside of a patients digestive tract.
The flash drive.
I could go on, but I think the video below provides a greater list that I can compile.
While Israel and her leaders are far from perfect, the world should also be focusing on the good that the Israeli people have created instead just focusing on sensationalism headlines that may or may not be true.
“Love is the answer to everything. It’s the only reason to do anything. If you don’t write stories you love, you’ll never make it. If you don’t write stories that other people love, you’ll never make it.” Ray Bradbury