What a beautiful Shabbat today at Magen David Synagogue celebrating the 70th Birthday of the State of Israel.
Prayers, blessings, song, waving flags, and a lovely Kiddish feast following services.
Immediately after the genocidal Holocaust that exterminated six million Jews - 1 out of every 3 in the entire world - the modern State of Israel was founded in 1948.
With thriving cities, arts and culture, flourishing farming, science and innovation, Holy religious sites, a rich history everywhere, and a formidable military.
There is so much to be proud of and to thank G-d for.
Oh G-d, we praise you in that you have returned your children to Zion as you promised from Biblical times and breathed fresh life into their dry bones.
Only you can revive an entire people and a land.
Only you can create a blooming Garden of Eden from barren desert.
Only you can make a strong and just a nation from one that once was carted away of crowded train cars to the death camps and crematoria
Throughout 2,000 years of exile, we remembered your promise and we prayed for redemption, and you showered your gracious mercy on us and brought us back on wings of eagles.
For 70 years now, nations have risen up against Israel to try to destroy it, but only you have saved it through the brave arms of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).
Praise to G-d Almighty. Praise be to G-d in Heaven and on Earth. Praise be the creator and sustainer.
We honor you through keeping your Holy Torah commandments and remembering that you Hashem, are our G-d and you are One.
It is our job to live a life of integrity, to do good whatever we do and wherever we go, as your children and as a light along with America unto the other nations.
As we sang in the Holocaust, "I believe with a full faith in the coming of the Messiah, and thou he tarries, I will never-the-less wait."
The waiting was over 70-years ago, and we are living in the age of redemption.
Miracles abound and the world progresses scientifically and technologically and with a spirit of doing good and justice.
The nation of Israel lives!
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)