Tuesday, April 20, 2010

62 years

I don't normally go serious here. But today is an exception:)

Today marks 62 years since Israel was declared a state.


This day is close to my heart for so many reasons.

My grandfather's brother, a 19 year old, was killed in Israel's War of Independence only a few short years after surviving the horrors of the Holocaust.

Both of my maternal grandparents traveled to Israel after the Holocaust decimated their homes and families. They entered the country before it was legal to do so, and my grandmother spent some time in a detention camp in Cyprus even after surviving the Nazi concentration camps.

My father's parents came to Israel when they were young, and my father was raised there. I spent my first few years there, as well.

Israel is not a perfect country. Never has been.

But I love it with all my heart.

I love it the way you love anything that is your own, in your blood.

So, today, along with Israel, I'm celebrating a birthday.


10 comments:

  1. WOW, so interesting to read about your family history. i think you should blog more about it!! :) Have you ever been to Israel? I hope with all of my heart to see it one day.

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  2. I love that you know your family history. My relatives all pasted away so young, I know very little about them.

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  3. Love your post! Great to have pride in your roots!

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  4. I'm fascinated by your history and would love to hear more. You have a lot of pride and I love that.
    Happy Birthday Israel!

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  5. Amazing family history! I travelled to Israel, and throughout Israel, in 1990. Amazing experience.

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  6. Knowledge of one's family history is a gift. Treasure it (as I'm sure you do).

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  7. Great post! Love hearing about your past! It is a neat story to hear, thanks so much for sharing!

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  8. Great post! I love hearing about your love for this place and your family!

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  9. Your pride in your homeland is evident and wonderful to hear. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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