A few short words before Shabbat:
Next week we will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the State of Israel.
It is important that in spite of the fact that this state does not yet represent what we have desired all these generations, we still come to thank Hashem for this gift, for this Geulah.
This year holds much potential which will not be realized easily. So at this time, before the day arrives, let us all reflect on what happened in 5708, the year the State of Israel was born, when the "holy (nation) was (declared) righteous" (Daniel 814).