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Happy 63rd, Israel

 

Happy Birthday, Israel.  My ancestors and my ancestors ancestors ancestors ancestors never thought that I, their descendent, a simple woman in an under-water condo, would ever be able to say that.  But then sometimes there are miracles.

Of course your presence doesn’t erase anti-Semitism in the world, but it is a start.  Anti-Semitism is as old as the hills, or maybe even older.  Maybe it’s within their genetic coding.  Or maybe it’s because we’d otherwise forget.   

But a Jewish state means that we at least have a safe haven, a place to run to when times get tough.  Had here been an Israel there wouldn’t have been a Holocaust.  Of this I am sure.  Had there been an Israel, there wouldn’t have been the pogroms in Russia because we would have had a place to go, and had there been an Israel, there wouldn’t have been the Spanish Inquisition.  Of this I am sure. 

Your presence doesn’t erase anti-Semitism, but it provides a buffer, a place for us to be proud and a stronger ethnic identity.  Happy birthday, Israel.  May you live long past 63.

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