The moment that changed the course of Jewish history

by Leah Rosenberg

What if your family waited thousands of years to return home? What if the yearning was passed down from generation to generation and never wavered?

The Jews Return Home

It was not just a nice moment. It was not just a moment that few will remember. When David Ben-Gurion declared the state of Israel and gave Jews worldwide the right to return home, everything changed; for the Jewish people and for the world at large. The state of Israel adds a sense of stability in a rocky world. It adds some light in a dark Middle East.

Although the Jewish people have had a constant presence in Israel for thousands of years, that moment in 1948 gave the Jews renewed hope for more and more people returning to their homeland.

And that is exactly what happened. There were less than a million Jews living in Israel in 1948. Fast-forward to today, and millions upon millions of Jews live in Israel.

Living in Israel

Living in Israel is not like living anywhere else in the world. It is a privilege not to be taken for granted. It is an opportunity for growth and connection.

Living in Israel is like living at home. For a Jew, it is not always easy to come home. There can be struggles. It might not be comfortable. But ultimately, it is worth it.

It is very, very worth it.

There is a sense of love and community that you won’t find anywhere else. Do you fight with your family? Of course. But at the end of the day, you know they have your back.

Do people in your family sometimes give you unsolicited advice? Always. But you know that they mean it out of love.

Living in Israel is like living in one big home with one big family. A very big family. And it is always worth it to live close to your family. So, come home.

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