What the Zionist Holidays Reveal about the Religious Significance of Israel’s Rebirth

Since its creation, the Jewish state has added two new days of rejoicing to the Jewish calendar: Yom Ha-Atsma’ut, Israel’s independence day (celebrated yesterday), and Yom Yerushalayim, which falls this year on June 2 and celebrates the liberation of Jerusalem’s Old City in the 1967 war. Placing these holidays in the context of both the drama of 20th-century Jewish history and the rhythms of the Jewish year, Meir Soloveichik explores their theological and national significance. (Video, 33 minutes.)

 

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To Today’s Cosmopolitan and “Oikophobic” Left, Israel Can Never Be Acceptable

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On the day the Knesset passed its nation-state law last year, Benjamin Netanyahu proclaimed, “This is our state—the Jewish state. . . . This is our nation, language, and flag.” This declaration, argues Wiliam Voegeli, points precisely to what the American left finds so unpalatable about Israel:

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