Israel is the source of stability and security for my Jewish identity. The Jewish people is distinct in its history and unique in its purpose, and the state of Israel emboldens my confidence to remain distinct with purpose.

Far from a utopia, it is a country constantly in tension in its attempt to preserve and honor religious ritual traditions while remaining relevant to a varied world Jewry. Israel is the conflicted soul of the Jewish conscience and the nonconflicted prioritizer of Jewish interests first.

Rabbi Adam Frank

Israel embodies my sense of what is a Jew: distinct in ritual, driven by Torah’s ethical impulse that is sometimes clear and sometimes complex, fulfilling an essential mission to push humanity to think and act with integrity.

See all the reflections on Israel’s meaning on this special anniversary.