April 17, 2013
Today, we join with people around the world in celebrating Yom Ha’Atzmaut/Israel’s Independence Day. Sixty-five years ago, Israel was reborn and we, the Jewish people, were reborn with it.
Imagine how different our history would have been during the Shoah if Israel had existed.
World Jewry would have been bolder and more empowered in demanding the rescue of European Jewry and those refugees would have had a homeland to which to go.
Yesterday’s tragedy in Boston, for which we all mourn, reminds us of both human evil and human courage. The senseless destruction of innocent life has also been an all-too-frequent feature of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and yet, despite the tears, life goes on. It must go on, because the alternative is despair and paralysis.
Many of us differ on our approach to peace in the Middle East and yet all of us are hopefully united in celebrating this milestone in Israel’s life and in the life of World Jewry and far beyond.
On Friday night, we invite adults and children of all ages to feast on Israeli food, sing, dance, learn and celebrate our people’s past, present and future, beginning at 5:30 p.m. with Tot Shabbat.
Most members of University Synagogue have grown up with the State of Israel as a reality. We’ve never known life without it and it’s given us both pride and a feeling of belonging – a place in the world.
Share that joy with your children and grandchildren. Our Shabbat Alive service will be focused on all ages and our schoolchildren will lead parts of that service. Kvell for them, kvell for us, kvell for Israel.
Yom Huledet Sameach/ Happy Birthday to us all.
Rabbi Arnold Rachlis