Sermon in honor of the establishment of the State of Israel

A message from the day Israel was established as a state in 1948.

By TUVIAH GEFFEN
May 16, 2018 10:12
3 minute read.
The She’arith Israel synagogue in Atlanta, Georgia

The She’arith Israel synagogue in Atlanta, Georgia. (photo credit: Courtesy)

THE FOLLOWING sermon was given by Rabbi Tuviah Geffen (1870-1970) on Shabbat, Parashat Kedoshim, after the Torah reading in the She’arith Israel synagogue in Atlanta, Georgia, on Iyar 6, 5708, May 15, 1948.

“On that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old.” Thus prophesied the holy prophet Amos thousands of years ago. And thus have his words been fulfilled, for in this year, on the sixth of Iyar, 5708, we read Amos’s prophetic words in the Haftara this week. Indeed, the prophet’s words are fitting for this day, the day on which it was decreed that the Jewish people has gained its independence.

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