Israel Independence Day 2019

During the period of the Omer, between Passover and Shavuot two significant events in modern Jewish history also occurred -- the founding of the State of Israel on the 5th of Iyar, 5708 (May 14th 1948) and also the liberation of the Old City of Jerusalem by the Israel Defence Forces on the 28th of Iyar, 5727 (June 7th 1967).   The day of founding of the State of Israel (Yom ...

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Israel At 70 – As seen by the Gentiles

Israel’s 70th independence day was just celebrated last week and in a couple of weeks we will be celebrating Jerusalem Day, the anniversary of the Liberation of Jerusalem during the 1967, Six Day War. I thought it would be relevant to cite two interesting sources, one by the historian James Parkes, and one a letter by Napolean Bonaparte to the Jewish people. Enjoy! James Parkes, Whose Land?, Oxford University Press, 1949 For ...

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Israel At 70 – in Facts and Numbers

In honor of this week's upcoming celebration of Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel's Independence Day, a reminder of what the State of Israel has accomplished in 70 years, surrounded by enemies, attacked by armies and terrorists, attacked by diplomats, regularly condemned by the United Nations in a land neglected for 2000 years. Israel, the 100th smallest country, with less than 1/1000th of the world's population, can lay claim to the following: Israel has ...

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