Israel from the Inside with Daniel Gordis
Israel from the Inside with Daniel Gordis
The Israel milestone we risk overshadowing

The Israel milestone we risk overshadowing

75 years is an amazing accomplishment. Even in the midst of a constitutional crisis, here's what we really ought to be thinking about

David Ben-Gurion just moments before declaring the new state on May 14, 1948. (Photo: Frank Shershel, Israeli Government Press Office; permission granted for Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn.)

With the political / constitutional / judicial tensions in Israel still running high, we will naturally continue to cover the proposed judicial reform as the issue unfolds.

But in recent weeks, it has struck me that one of the saddest dimensions of the timing of this crisis is that it could well overshadow what should be a full-throated celebration of a truly miraculous moment in Jewish history—the 75th anniversary of the creation of the Jewish state.

We won’t be able to pivot on a dime—focus exclusively on the crisis for the next month or two, and then suddenly change our mindset immediately prior to Yom HaAtzmaut (Israel Independence Day)—so to begin to get us to think about the magnitude of that day, I share today a portion of a talk (edited here for tightness) I gave in the States last week.

This audio, which we’re making available to all readers/listeners of Israel from the Israel, seeks to share the sense of wonder that I pray we can all summon as Independence Day draws closer. I share it hoping that by planting these seeds in February, by the time April comes, we’ll be spiritually and emotionally prepared to fully celebrate three-quarters of a century of Jewish independence in the way that that day merits.

If you choose to listen, I hope you enjoy, and I look forward to your comments.

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Impossible Takes Longer, which addresses some of the above themes, will be published this April. It’s available now for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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