We introduce a new contributor at Mystical Paths. Chavi is a religious Jewish teenage young lady of American background living in Israel.
by Chavi at Mystical Paths
Last week we 'celebrated' Yom HaAtzmaut, Israeli Independence Day. I spent the day with a friend in the West Bank (a day off is always nice) and we discussed, what is this day to us while sitting in the Land of Israel, in the West Bank.
My friend replied, "I'm celebrating having a home in the Holy Land." I had thought about this subject for some time before Yom HaAtzmaut, as the majority of the frum (ultra-orthodox) Jewish world says the founding of the State was a bad thing. However, I think we have something to celebrate.
Not a government, the Israeli system is just nuts. Not a State, for this state isn't doing very good things. But, the achievements here are great. I can sit here in the Holy Land, I can pray at the Jewish holy sites, I can look out across the hills of Land of Israel. How is that?
Blessings from Hashem, of course. But, some young men came and fought to make those blessings happen. Brave young men, many only teens, fought so they could have a home. They fought for the Land of Israel.
THEY FOUGHT FOR THE LAND HASHEM GAVE US! And they succeeded! They fought to keep Jews alive. Shouldn't we be grateful? I can sit here in my home in Israel writing this article because broken Jews from Europe came and fought, poor Jews from Russia came and built a town, chassidic Jews came from Ukraine and built a synagogue. I can pray at the Kotel, the Western Wall, because a bunch of young men only a couple of years older than me fought their way through Jerusalem.
I think that sacrifice is worth remembering, and their accomplishment is worth celebrating. And we have to thank Hashem for every inch of the Land of Israel that we have.
We mourn a lot, the destruction of Jerusalem, the destruction of the Beis HaMikdash. Shouldn't we be celebrating the rebuilding of Jerusalem? Shouldn't we show Hashem how much we appreciate what He's done for us? And then, maybe He'll consider us worthy of doing more.
Shabbat Shalom from Eretz Yisroel,
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