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July 4,1976

As we approach the American Independence Day I am reminded of July 4, 1976 for two distinct reasons. It was America’s two hundredth anniversary. My wife and I and our then young toddler, Devorah, celebrated the day at Fort McHenry in Baltimore. On display, is the original United States Flag which was draped over the fortress. Bands played and the U.S. air force flew overhead. It was a great day to be an American.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world in Entebbe, Libya, the Israeli army led by Jonathan Netanyahu, freed one hundred and three hostages. It was a great day to be a Jew, despite the fact that there were a few casualties including Jonathan Netanyahu, the younger brother of the current Prime Minister Netanyahu.
David Ben Gurion (or some say Golda Meir) often said that if you don’t believe in miracles in Israel then you are not a realist. And……. The miracles continue. We respond to attacks from various Arab countries and beat back their aggressive and sinister actions. On a deeper and more personal level Israel is a country which has been established out of swamps with malaria and survivors of the Holocaust to form a not yet, but quite good, perfect union.
We judge the strength of a nation on many levels. For me as a social worker, I always feel that a society and a community should be judged on how it handles its weakest links. I am proud of the miracle called Israel and particularly proud to help ensure that our weakest citizens receive everything they need to succeed.

At Lev Lalev Orphanage and Children’s Home in Netanya we have been carrying out this legacy since the Klausenberger Rebba founded Lev Lalev over fifty years ago. Since that time we have, with the help of many supporters, provided for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of young orphans and disadvantaged children. Thank you for helping us carry out this great mitzvah.

Shabbat Shalom. And for all our American friends, enjoy July 4th, 2015. May it be celebrated with joy, freedom, and purpose.

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