Sadness Turns to Joy Today as Israel Turns 72!

No, COVID-19 has not disappeared from Israel. But despite the ongoing pandemic, Israel’s mood will turn from sadness to joy at sundown today!

As the sun set yesterday, Israel marked the beginning of Yom HaZikaron, the commemoration of those who have lost their lives in Israel’s struggle to be free. But, as the sun settles on the western horizon tonight, Israelis turn their thoughts toward Israel’s independence, and celebratory joy will fill the country!

At this point, those who are astute to Israel’s independence are saying, “Whoa…wait a minute! I thought Israel was reborn as a nation on May 14.” Well, that’s absolutely right, according to the Gregorian calendar of which we are most familiar. However, the ancient Jewish calendar was a lunar one and does not align with our Gregorian day tracker! Yom Ha’atzmaut falls on the 5th of Iyar, according to the ancient Jewish calendar and, this year, that day begins tonight at sundown!

Israel’s rebirth as a nation is not only miraculous, but also fulfilled a prophecy that she would be reborn in a single day!

“Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things?
Can a land be born in one day?
Can a nation be brought forth all at once?”

~Isaiah 66:8

(If you cannot access the video, One for Israel describes the miraculous birth in Can a Nation be Born in a Single Day? and Ezekiel’s Dry Bones Prophecy about Israel Coming Back to Life.)

From the four corners of the earth, God regathered His people. It has never been easy for Israel, and lives were lost along the way. But the miracle occurred, and continues to occur. Thus, year-after-year, Israelis remember the struggle as they commemorate Yom HaZikaron. Then, the following day, they celebrate their independence with great joy!

There will be no BBQ’s on the beaches of the Mediterranean or in the national parks this year, but be assured that Israelis are celebrating their independence with great zeal and joy in their hearts…and likely with a bit of innovative creativity as well!

יום עצמאות שמח Happy Independence Day!

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