April 29, 2009

Tears of sacrifice; joys of independence

Today, Israel is 61-years-old-and-young

And here and abroad, we are celebrating this modern miracle: the rebirth of the state of Israel in its ancient cherished homeland, the land of Israel.

I am typing not ten minutes from the modest building on Rothschild Boulevard
where Prime Minister David Ben Gurion read the Declaration of Independence, May 14,1948 (5 Iyar, 5708). (The declaration was followed by an invasion of the new state by troops from Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria, starting the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, known in Israel as the War of Independence.)

The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.
Attributed to Thomas Jefferson, but also to Thomas Paine, Abraham Lincoln, and many others

Everyone here understands intimately the daily struggle to maintain independence — a life, a homeland, and normalcy. (Not by accident does Memorial Day for Israel's fallen soldiers and victims of terror immediately precede Independence Day.)

For now, the national flag — flapping in the spring breezes, flies from cranes, rooftops, cars, windows, and thoroughfares. Today's air shows, family barbecues, and educational broadcast programs follow a night of dancing, singing, and fireworks — welcome pauses in forgetting the existential reality for a few precious hours.

Happy Independence Day!
!יום עצמאות שמח


Anonymous said...

Says it all!

Linda said...


Happy Israel Independence Day!!!
I heard that on the Israeli news station last night!
I keep that station tagged and recorded every day to see what is going on in your country--we have a vested interest there!!!

God Bless You,


Anonymous said...

chag sameach! :))
long live israel!

hugs from brussels!

Russell and Cissie said...

Tamar, we celebrate with you Israel's Independence, and we pray for the peace of Jerusalem and that God would Bless and protect Israel. Those oranges looked delicious. I can't wait to taste when  we come for the first time.
Russell & Cissie 

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