What is your wish for Israel at 70?

“(I wish the State of Israel) Physical and emotional health.
Physical health—I wish that the state’s next 70 years will bring an increased concern for protecting the environment and repairing damage.
Emotional health—I wish that the country’s residents (and leaders) will work to create a just, egalitarian and democratic society.”

Reut Yahav, Director, NOAM Olami (Israel)

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“I wish the leaders and citizens of the State of Israel that we go back and reread our declaration of independence describing the principles on which Israeli society is meant the be built and that we succeed to fulfil them.
I wish that the State and its society will focus on developing the land and will institute equal rights for all its inhabitants without regard to race, religions or gender.
I wish and hope that the only Jewish state in the world will succeed in granting all of its Jewish citizens freedom of religion and that every Jew will be able to practice the form of Judaism that he or she sees fit. Of course it goes without saying that freedom of religion is also an inherent right for non-Jews in the country as well.”

Nilli Glick Asaf, MERCAZ Olami (Israel)

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It is my wish that the State of Israel will find the common denominator that connects and unites us all. That we will succeed in holding civil discussions to solve all of our issues and disagreements. That we will merit to see tranquility and a true and complete peace between us and our neighbors. That we always aspire to a deep fulfillment of the charge “And you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Ariela Rosemberg-Garbatzky

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“Hag Ha’atz’maut Sameach to Israel.  I pray the next 70 Years will be even more incredible than the first seventy!  I pray that “war and bloodshed “ will cease, so we can all work towards attaining Herzl’s ‘hevrat mofet-an exemplary society.”   That would include a flowering of Masorti Judaism too. Looking forward to being in Israel for the 70th!!  MAZEL TOV.”

Sandy Starkman

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Israel is the fight of Abraham against the idols of each era, and Joseph’s dreams of personal and collective fulfillment.
It is the journey of an entire people across a desert and the millennia with Moses.
It is the humility of Hillel and the courage of Bar Kochba. It is the discussion of the Talmudic Tanaaim and the Dvekut of the mystics.
It is the meeting of all the Jews in the world and the story of Buber’s “I and Thou”, and the poems of Amichai transforming a desert into an oasis.
It is the joy of the Chasidim, the sweetness of Janucz Korzak, the beauty of Shabbat and the Hi-Tech revolution.
It is the declaration that neither Masada nor Mila 18 will ever fall again.
Israel is the synthesis of our aspirations, the reunion with our memory, the reality of our dreams and the design of our destiny.
Only blessings can come from the soul to see, feel, and know a privileged witness to this miraculous time. L’Chaim!

Rabbi Alejandro Avruj – Amijai (Argentina)

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“Our beloved state is completing the first 70 of its life. For thousands of years at the end of the Pesach Seder and each Yom Kippur Tefilah we would pray out loud “L’Shana Haba Birushalaim”.
We have the privilege of seeing, to a great extent, the rebirth of our people in our land.
This is the moment to celebrant and continue working for a thriving and democratic State of Israel in which we all feel completely at home and that continues to be an “Or LaGoyim”—a light unto the nations.
Yom HaAtzmaut Sameach to the State of Israel and to the entire People of Israel. “

Rabbi Alejandro Bloch – NBI (Chile)

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“As we say “Sivim Panim LaTorah”, that is to say “the Torah has seventy faces”, as a  symbol for its many facets, on this 70th aniverersy we can begin to say “Shivim Panim LeIsrael”, that Israel also recognizes its riches in the diversity which charatcterizes it and every experession has equal opportunities in this amazing state.”

Rabbi Marcelo Polakoff – Centro Unión Israelita de Córdoba (Argentina)

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With joy and pride we celebrate you, our country, on reaching 70 years. We recall your struggles, your wars and your constant fight for survival. We look forward to a future of peace and serenity and the realization of the dream of each one under his vine and under his fig tree.

John Furstenberg

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Poetry expresses it in beautiful words “Am echad im lev echad”—“One nation with one heart”.
Our dear country is reaching 70 years; the heart of our entire people beats in unison with joy and happiness.
This 70th anniversary shows the maturity of a nation that is the “heart of its people, living wherever we live”. It is my desire—our desire, that the spirit of overcoming be ever present, sustaining the values of equality, inclusion, respect, liberty and peace.

Rabbi Sarina Vitas – Weitzman (Argentina)

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My wish for Israel is that we will be a growing country where everyone can live in peace and prosperity

Sandra Blankstein Cohen

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Pirkei Avot says “Seventy is the age for a hoary head”. A commentary can be that the hoary head is a crown of glory. It is my wish that for Israel’s 70th anniversary it crowns itself in the vision of the Prophets and to recognize that Jewish pluralism ought to be a reality of the Jewish State.

Leandro Galanternik – Marom (Brazil)

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70 years ago a nation was reborn as a fragile and almost defenseless baby. Today we have a country that is growing stronger day by day but, as adolescents, with many doubts and challenges. It is my wish,  that in the coming years Israel will rapidly become a mature country, with true inner and outer peace. Shalom!

Mirko Lebl – Shalom (Brazil)

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These first 70 years of Israel’s history teach us that dreams can become reality, that the effort, tenacity and commitment of a people are the most hopeful force of existence. Let’s continue making impossible things possible. Od Lo Avda Tikvateinu Lihiot Am Chofshi BeArtzeinu. Le’Chaim, Israel!

Rabbi Daniel Dolinsky – NCI (Uruguay)