Jewish history is filled with inspiring stories of survival. Throughout the centuries, Jews have been subject to constant threats and oppression. But what happened at the end of the day is nothing short of miraculous.
Exiled from Home
God gave the Jewish people the Land of Israel. It is their home. Throughout Jewish history, the Jews were exiled from their home multiple times. They were conquered, even trampled upon. Yet they never lost their love for the land and their relationship to it. Their connection dates back thousands of years.
It would seem absurd and impossible for the Jews to return to their ancestral homeland after all they endured. But because God wanted it to happen, it did. The Jewish people are strong-willed, and they never gave up or gave in. Exile after exile, they continued to survive. Even when it seemed like they would not, God had other plans. The most recent example is the Holocaust – who would have thought that just 3 years after WWII ended, the Jews would return to their land and declare a state? But that flows with the rest of Jewish history. Often it seemed that the Jews would give up hope and not be able to survive. They never gave up hope though, and they DID survive.
Theodore Herzl put into motion the idea of the Jews having a place to call home. He famously said, “Im tirtzu, ein zo agadah”-“If you will it, it is no dream.” And that is what happened. The Jewish People wanted to return home. They wanted it badly enough that they were willing to do anything to rebuild their land. Most other people would just give up. But not the Jews.
These past 70 years have been truly inspiring. “If you will it, it is no dream.” Well, they definitely willed it.