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- [ Tuesday, April 27, 2004 ] -
Mo'adim Lesimha Legeulah Sheleima
(Thanks to YUTopia for text of the proper greeting)

I would like to wish all the Jews a happy Independence Day.

This message is for all Jews, including those who may not like the current State of Israel:All the Jews want is to live in peace. A lot of us don't even care where. But we cannot count on any nation to defend us. During every stage of our history, we have been targets of hate. I can't think of any other nation that has been kicked out of as many countries as we have. I can't think of any other nation that has been the target of genocide as many times as we have. There are a lot of countries today where we are not welcome.

There are still a few countries where we are welcome. Right now, the United States may appear very hospitable. But as we also know from history, things can change. We were very welcome in Germany before the Holocaust. We were welcome in ancient Egypt before we were enslaved and had our male children thrown into the Nile.

The State of Israel, as a country with our own army, is the best thing to ever happen to the Jews. We can always count on having a place of refuge, our homeland, the Land that was promised to us about 3800 years ago.

G-d bless the State of Israel, and its people.
As long as deep in the heart,
The soul of a Jew yearns,
And forward to the East
To Zion, an eye looks
Our hope will not be lost,
The hope of two thousand years,
To be a free nation in our land,
The land of Zion and Jerusalem.
-Hatikva, "The Hope"
The Israeli National Anthem
(Translation courtesy of The Israel Science and Technology Directory)

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