This month, we celebrate Israel’s independence on Yom Ha’Atzmaut, and reflect on what it means to be a “light unto the nations” as both a nation and a global Jewish people.
How can we make the most of our strengths, our glory, and our gifts — even (and especially) those that we’ve developed in the face of hardship — and share them with others?
This edition’s activities are inspired by the following three blessings from the traditional daily morning liturgy:
“Blessed are You, G-d, Sovereign of the universe, Who girds Israel with strength.”
“Blessed are You, G-d, Sovereign of the universe, Who crowns Israel with glory.”
“Blessed are You, G-d, Sovereign of the universe, Who has given us the Torah.”
On Sunday, we’ll define our strengths. In what ways have we harnessed our strength for our people’s sake and beyond?
On Monday, we’ll examine what it means to be glorious. How do we balance what makes us proud with humility?
On Tuesday, we’ll celebrate the gift of Torah, and how it fortifies us.