May 14, 1948 is the official day that Israel was reborn. But on the Hebrew Calendar, with months that stay true to the phases of the moon, the date was yesterday, Iyar 5, the fifth day of the second Hebrew month in the year. Originally the month was called Zif (“zeev”) meaning bright or splendorous, and splendorous it is even now, marking the State’s astounding resurrection as well as the resurrection of life in the spring for the northern hemisphere.
“When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The Lord hath done great things for them. The Lord hath done great things for us: whereof we are glad. Turn again our captivity, O Lord, as the streams in the south” (Psalm 126:1-4).
Rejoice with us. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, a peace greater than logical understanding and more real and lasting than the somewhat overused word itself; and whenever it is that you come across this post, leave a comment on what Israel means to you.