Living in Israel for 16 years now, I must say: this is the most touching time of the year.
The days before Israel celebrates Independence Day there are 2 Memorial Days:Yom HaShoah and Yom HaZikaron. On both days sirens go off throughout the land and we stand still in memory of the Holocaust victims and the fallen. Sadness and joy interwine as YomHaatzmaut is celebrated the day after Memorial Day. Seeing my little blue and white flags attached to the car windows throughout this time, like the vast majority of Israel, fills my heart with gratitude each day.
Thankful to have a homeland.
Happy Birthday, Israel!
Yom HaAtzmaut Sameach!