The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
This Yom HaAtzmaut (Israeli Independence Day – May 11-12), there is so much to celebrate. We celebrate the 68th birthday of a thriving, Jewish and democratic state in our historic homeland. We celebrate Israel’s people: renowned for their tenacity, innovation, intellect and creativity. We celebrate Israel’s achievements: in science, technology, scholarship and culture. We celebrate the fact that Jews around the world, no matter the dire straits in which they may find themselves, have a place where they can call home.
Yom HaAtzmaut does not just commemorate Israel’s founding, though; it also commemorates the values upon which Israel was founded and offers us a chance to think deeply about what our deep love for Israel looks like. At our L’Taken Social Justice seminars last winter, students, eager to learn about Israel and define their relationship with the Jewish state, had the opportunity to look at texts and quotes that communicate these values and commitments, and decide what was most meaningful to them. Below are a few of their (and my) favorites.
As we take this time to celebrate Israel and all that it stands for, I hope that these texts can inspire us to continue in the vital work of supporting Israel and giving voice to the deep connection we feel with the Jewish state. Learn more about the RAC’s work for Israel by visiting our issue page.