3,000 years old. 68 years young.
Israel is celebrating their Independence Day, and just like the United States, they recognize that freedom comes with a price.
Israel’s Independence Day is immediately preceded by Memorial Day for fallen soldiers. Israelis especially link the two holidays because they recognize the very existence of the miraculous state is owed to the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for it.
Whether or not you are Jewish, this video is reason enough to celebrate Israeli Independence Day:
Now that you’re inspired, I teamed up with the man, the myth, the legend – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (sort of) to come up with a list of ways to celebrate Israeli Independence Day.
No matter who you are, you can help the miraculous nation in some way:
Here are four ways you can celebrate Israeli Independence:
1. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, Israel, and Jewish people all over the world.
I was blessed to go to Israel in February and I made this video from Jerusalem, talking about what I saw at Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Museum, and reflecting on the founding of Israel on May 14, 1948 (or the 5th of Iyar, 5708 on the Hebrew calendar) — it’s definitely not scripted:
2. Celebrate Israel with music, food, flags, etc.
Israel has some falafelly good food, incredibly fun music, rich history, culture, and art — and a miraculous story that can be celebrated in a million different ways.
Matisyahu’s song Jerusalem is a good start:
3. Combat lies about Israel with truth on social media:
If you’ve ever step foot on a public university or posted something positive about Israel on Facebook or Twitter, you might be painfully aware of just how anti-Israel those atmospheres can be — but the worst part is they do so out of hate-filled lies and myths.
4. Visit Israel – but just in case you can’t do that, you can share this video:
“68 Facts You Didn’t Know About Israel”: