When the modern state of Israel was formed on the fifth of Iyyar 5708 (May 14, 1948), it issued a Declaration of Independence. Part of that declaration included the pledge that Israel "will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel; it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants, irrespective of religion, race or sex; it will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture..."
Sometimes, when the complications of modern times create noise and tumult all around, it is helpful to focus on the vision which inspired a journey. Fifty years after the founding of the State of Israel and its promise of redemption, it is a good time to remind ourselves of the mission of the Zionist architects of the fledgling state.
Israel’s largest-circulation newspaper, Yediot Aharonot, has promoted a campaign in Israel called "Israel Signing Anew." Hundreds of thousands of Israelis symbolically are signing a replica of the Declaration of Independence. In North America, the New Israel Fund has joined forces with Yediot to encourage Americans to celebrate Israel’s fiftieth by signing in solidarity in order that "we Jews of the Diaspora reaffirm the historic ties and shared values that have bound us together."
I invite you to join me in Signing Anew, by affixing your signature to the statement of solidarity with Israel’s founding principles. Within them is the hope, the optimism and the integrity of purpose which forms the core of Israel’s endeavor.
The text of the entirety of the Declaration is available at the synagogue. There is nothing in it which is not uplifting and admirable. If you wish to sign, you may do so by mailing (not faxing) the form below to reach us by April 28. You may also sign at the synagogue at any time other than Shabbat. Let your name be added to those who celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the realization of the hope of two thousand years.