70 Voices for Israel – A Countdown to Yom Ha’atzma’ut

The Mahara”l of Prague writes that the number seven represents the entirety of this natural world, which was created in seven days (six days of creation, completed on the Sabbath) and will last for 7000 years (6000 years plus a 1000-year Sabbath – see Talmud Sanhedrin 97a). And any number multiplied by 10 represents its expanded full potential – so that 70 of something represents all the potential facets of that thing in the natural world.

In 70 days, the State of Israel will be celebrating its 70th Year of Independence. 70 years of the Jewish people having a state of their own, a place where Judaism and democracy exist and Jews have self sovereignty. Israel is still a young country, and it is not perfect, but its existence is a testament of the strength and faith of the Jewish people. It is a dream realized after thousands of years.

As the words of Hatikvah remind us, “As long as the Jewish spirit is yearning deep in the heart, with eyes turned toward the East, looking toward Zion, then our hope – the two-thousand year old hope – will not be lost: to be a free people in our land, the land of Zion and Jerusalem.”

For the next 70 days, as we look toward this momentous occasion, we celebrate with 70 voices, your voices, the voices of United Hebrew that continue to hope, to love, to dream, to experience Israel!

May we cherish and learn from the past 70 years and look forward with hope at the amazing potential of the next 70! And, may this year, be the year, that Israel and her neighbors know peace!

Read the first blog post by Ethan Guller.

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If you are interested in being one of the “voices” please email Rabbi Rosenberg.

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