Israel's 70th Birthday
It is Yom Haatzmaut - the 70th birthday of the modern State of Israel. Israel;s population stands at 8.842 million people and its Jewish community makes up 43% of world Jewry. Since it is ten hours later there, I missed the evening celebrations in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. These celebrations come after a week of memory. Last Thursday was Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, and today, our Tuesday night and Wednesday comprises the day of memorial for the fallen soldiers of Israel (23,646) and for terror victims (3,134).