Those who don’t know how to weep with their whole heart, don’t know how to laugh either.
If you will it, it is no dream.
Israel is a very special place. It’s a combination of things: the spirituality in the air, the feeling of belonging, the nationwide sense of community and pride of what we have done. Having a country we can call home is not the norm. It’s something we should remember everyday, it’s something we should be grateful for.
Meir Cohen wakes up every day, places a yarmulke on his head, kisses his wife and two kids goodbye and leaves for work.
When Meir leaves his family to make a living, he also leaves a Jewish Settlement on the West Bank.
For Meir and his neighbors living in the settlement, every day is living a belief. His decade old community started building without help from the government but with something more valuable: a belief in their mission and a dedication to seeing that belief come to fruition.
That’s what Israel is. Living a belief.
Every step on Israeli soil is a statement. Every breath of Israeli air is a declaration of what we have accomplished. Every man, woman, and child living here is the human embodiment of humanity’s ability to pursue an ideal.
Whether through practicing Judaism or through fulfilling the Zionist dream, everyone here comes with a purpose to live out their beliefs. In memory of those who died for Judaism, we live for Judaism. In memory of those who died for Israel, we live for Israel.
If the Jewish people are to be a light unto other nations, then Israel too has claimed it’s right as a light unto others. Not only in it’s contributions to the scientific world, but also in the devotion that each and every person living here gives to their beliefs, Israel has shown to the world what it means to stand up for what you know to be true and to never sacrifice integrity for comfort and security.
עם ישראל חי