Open your eyes, this IS the ge’ula – this IS the promised redemption of Israel that is unfolding before us! Choose to be a part of it. Choose to help make it happen. We are a generation blessed by G-d’s overflowing loving kindness. We must not take it for granted. Warts and all, the state of Israel is His gift to His people, wrapped in miracles and presented with love. The gift belongs to all who embrace it. Yom Ha’atzma’ut Sameach – Happy Independence Day, Israel!