My Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Noah Weinberg zt’l used to say that the State of Israel was the greatest gift that the Almighty gave to the Jewish People in 2000 years. What an opportunity to build a society in our homeland based on Torah values!
Well after 2000 years of exile, the Jewish people in 1948 were in pretty bad physical and spiritual shape, and confusion and dissention reigned among the ranks. Yet, there was still a lot of building that needed to be done – both physically and spiritually – with each subgroup building according to their understanding.
The result, sixty three years later is incredible. With the Almighty’s help, we have built glittering cities, the land has brought forth her fruits and Israel is one of the strongest economies in the world. And, there are more people in Israel studying Torah full time than ever in our history.
Rav Noah always insisted we have a festive “Seudah Hoda’ah” - a thanksgiving meal on Yom Ha’atzmaut to acknowlege to ourselves that the State of Israel is a miraculous gift from the Almighty and that it’s our responsibility to use that opportunity to unite the Jewish People.
Here’s a video from footage I took last year as we joined the Jewish People in preparing for our BBQ and watch the fireworks. Join the fun