70 year ago, the concept of a mobile phone did not exist. 70 years ago, people did not possess the vaccination for the measles. And 70 years ago, the Jewish people did not have self-determination in their ancestral homeland. The effect of technology is obvious, but today, on Yom HaZikaron, we ask ourselves, how do we live differently as Jewish people, given the existence of the State of Israel?
I considered this question last time I stood on Har Herzl and took this photograph. I thought of one simple answer. The existence of the State of Israel has presented us with a canvas on which we as a people can paint our own picture, a blank page in which we can write our own story and a barren land in which we continue to turn dreams into reality.
Today I watched our students place a Yizkor sticker over their heart, as we remember the 23 544 people who, through their death, have called on us to truly live. Tomorrow, on Yom HaAtzmaut, the same students will stream through our gates, adorned in blue and white, dancing with pride for the fact that they can dance with pride, because we can determine our own destiny and live in our own land as a free people. Am Yisrael Chai!