There are only two countries in the world that were founded specifically on the idea of hope.
America and Israel.
In fact, Israel’s national anthem is Hatikvah, The Hope.
And what was the hope?
The hope of achieving religious freedom, and freedom from the tyranny of centralized government.
Fleeing Egyptian slavery and religious persecution, the Children of Israel settled the land of Israel over 3,000 years ago, thereby fulfilling G-d’s eternal covenant with the Jewish people.
The Pilgrims saw themselves as the children of the children of Israel, escaping a British Pharaoh and crossing a liquid desert.
In fact, so complete was the Pilgrim identification with the Jewish narrative that they seriously considered making Hebrew the national language.
Israel and America are religious and national twins.
America without Judeo-Christianity at its core would be a European Democratic-Socialist state.
And Israel without Judaism would be bagels, pita and hummus.
Happy birthday, Israel, the eternal Jewish homeland.