This article covers my personal analysis of the six day war in Israel. Feel free to state yours below.
In three weeks or so it will be the 47th anniversary of the Six-Day War in Israel (time really does fly).
While on my daily run I thought:
We celebrate Chanukah for a whole week and Purim promises loads of great parties and the reading of the Meggilah. Both of these holidays have been added to our prayer books, and yet the anniversary for the victory in the war remains unrecognized by many.
The Jews’ odds in this war were far slimmer than in Purim’s Persia or the Maccabim’s Israel… Their victory was a miracle greater than both Chanukah and Purim combined, so why the relative silence??
I believe that this is a result of one of those rare cases where the religious and the secular Jews are in agreement, but for totally different reasons:
The secular Jews don’t want to assign any kind of “miracle” status to the victory. Perhaps they believe that it occurred solely due to the strengths of Israel’s great army: its incredible pilots, the great commanders, and so on… In short, we did it without any “outside help.”
For the religious groups, since there has never been anything like a fast performed by a famous and holy Rabbi, or a mass prayer in all the synagogues around the world, maybe they would rather not make a big deal out of it.
What do you think?
Feel free to write your analysis of the six day war in Israel in the comments below, I’ll be happy to hear your point of view.