Yom Ha’Atzmaut: Happy 73rd Independence Day, Israel!

Despite the conflict, Israeli's will celebrate their 73rd birthday as a reborn nation today. "But wait," you say! "Didn't they just celebrate that a few days ago?" Yes, remember...Israel celebrates many holidays according to the Hebrew lunar calendar, rather than the Gregorian calendar in use today. But, never ones to turn down an opportunity to …

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The Significance of Israel’s Independence Day

As of sundown last night, the nation of Israel pivoted from one of the most solemn days of the year to one of the most joyful. Yom HaZikaron (yesterday) commemorated the 26,000+ Israelis who have died at the hands of combat or terrorism since Israel's rebirth as a nation in 1948. Israelis revere their soldiers …

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Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha’Atzmaut: Deep Sorrow to Extreme Joy

The Jewish people have a quality no one else in the world seems to have. Having gone through the Holocaust, they have an understanding of grief beyond what most of us can ever begin to fathom. Yet, having survived the Holocaust (as a people group), the Jews have an incredible zest for life and the …

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Happy 72nd Birthday to Israel!

Seventy-two years ago today a miracle occurred! The nation of Israel was born in a day...just as Scripture said! (Isaiah 66:8-10) Today, Israel is a thriving country in a Middle East neighborhood filled with nations who, throughout Israel's history, have wanted to destroy them. God's hand has prevailed! Israel celebrates holidays according to the lunar …

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