Considerations by the Way
A visiter to Israel produces a 30 minute documentary on the establishment of the new state of Israel.
We shall not presume to anticipate the judgment of our fellow-citizens throughout the Union on these important letters, by interposing any comments of our own.—Four Letters on the Important Subject of Government, 1802.
Dry Bones (1968)—Shira Sorko-Ram.
[Commentary on the Documentary.]
By Shira Sorko-Ram
“You are destined to live in Israel.” This prophecy was given to me numerous times as a young girl in my early 20’s. At that time, there were areas of my life not fully given over to the Lord, and moving to Israel to me sounded like I was being shipped off to a third world country like Afghanistan or Siberia.
But on October 15, 1967, exactly 40 years ago, I arrived in Israel for a two-week visit with my parents. Only four months before, the little nation of just over two million Jewish citizens had escaped complete annihilation by the concerted efforts of Syria, Jordan and Egypt, and had achieved a victory that was beyond the imagination of the prime minister, the army chiefs and the whole population of Israel.
The euphoria of the nation was indescribable. To the Orthodox Jews, there was no doubt the Days of Messiah were here.
To the secular citizens, a miracle had occurred. The Arabs were terribly beaten and surely had learned their lesson. There would be no more war! And all repeated in joyous rapture, “Jerusalem is once again ours!” It was into these stratospheric heights that my parents and I landed in Israel.
However, I soon discovered that there was only a tiny remnant of Jewish believers in the land. For all practical purposes, they didn’t exist. Yes, there was a family here and an individual there. Victor Smadja and his family, immigrants from Tunisia, had already established the Messianic Assembly in Jerusalem; and the Heimoff family (now Bar David) that emigrated from Bulgaria had a small group meeting in a Tel Aviv suburb.
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