“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests” (Luke 2:14).

This famous proclamation from the angels, concerning the birth of the Messiah, looked forward prophetically to the day when Messiah would give us peace with God by His atoning death on the cross. Romans 5:1 states, "Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Yeshua the Messiah.”

Israel’s Independence Day (Yom HaAtzmaut), when the nation joyfully celebrates the establishment of the modern state of Israel, comes after a week of sad remembering. The day prior to Yom HaAtzmaut is Memorial Day (Yom HaZikaron) honoring the soldiers who have fallen in Israel’s wars. Exactly one week before that is Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, when all Israel remembers the six million Jews murdered during the Second World War.