Israeli Independence Day * April 16

israei_independenceIsrael is currently celebrating it’s 65th anniversary as a modern nation. *

Although a Jewish presence remained in the Holy Land for over 3,000 years, Jews began to “return” to their homeland en masse about 150 years ago.

The coastal city of Tel Aviv is over 100 years old. It is evidence that the Jewish people were reclaiming and rebuilding the land long before Israel’s rebirth in 1948, when it sought recognition as a state, alongside the newly created Arab state of Trans-Jordan.

It first had to successfully defend itself from the coordinated attacks of six Arab nations. It did, but subsequent decades saw wars and intifadas change boundaries and aspirations of both the Jews and Arabs.

If Palestinian leaders would only make establishing their own state more important than destroying Israel’s, there could come compromises that would finally lead to coexistence.

* Modern Israeli holidays

Holiday

Hebrew Year 5773

Description

Yom HaShoah Apr 8, 2013 Holocaust Memorial Day
Yom HaZikaron Apr 15, 2013 Israeli Memorial Day
Yom HaAtzma’ut Apr 16, 2013 Israeli Independence Day
Yom Yerushalayim May 8, 2013 Jerusalem Day

 

 

About Along The Way with Gary Curtis

Gary Curtis served for 27 years, as part of the pastoral staff of The Church on The Way, the First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, California. In October 2015, Gary retired from leadership of the church’s not-for-profit media outreach, Life On The Way Communications, Inc. He continues to blog at worshipontheway.wordpress.com. Gary and his wife, Alisa, live in southern California. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.
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