Resolution Adopted by the CCAR

ISRAEL'S TWENTY FIFTH ANNIVERSARY

Adopted at the Convention of the
Central Conference of American Rabbis
1973

This year Israel has celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of the State. In all the ages of our history, and in all the lands of our dispersion, we have remembered it with love and longing, saying with Psalmists: "If I forget Thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand wither. Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember Thee, if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy."

We have been blessed to behold the rebirth of Israel in its ancient land of promise! We recall with gratitude the devotion of its builders and the valor of its defenders. We marvel at its achievements. We give thanks that out of the ashes of the death camps there has arisen a symbol of courage, an expression of our creative will, and a refuge where broken lives have been made whole again. We remember, too, that the State of Israel was born in pain and has lived in peril. We pray for the welfare of our people and their land, that they may dwell securely within its borders and live in peace and friendship with their neighbors.

The CCAR reaffirms its spiritual and cultural commitment to Eretz Israel, the land of our Prophets and Sages. We recall with pride the role of many of the leaders of Reform Judaism in the rebuilding of our ancient Homeland: Stephen S. Wise, Abba Hillel Silver, Judah Leon Magnes, Barnett Brickner, James Heller, Nelson Glueck, and many others. Together with all Israel we pray that Zion may become a light for all nations, as a land in which the vision of justice and mercy shall be fulfilled, for the good of all mankind. So that "Out of Zion shall go forth Torah, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem."