By Amil Imani
May 14, 2011
This week, Israel celebrates its 63rd birthday. Sixty-three years ago, May 14, 1948, was the rebirth of one of the oldest cultures and nations in history, the State of Israel. Israel with Judaism as its religion has historical continuity spanning more than 3,000 years. It is one of the oldest monotheistic religions, and the oldest to survive into the present day. Israel today is a unique and diverse Jewish state with a young viable democracy, in an unstable region. In 2010, the world Jewish population was estimated at 13.4 million, or roughly 0.2% of the total world population.
The circumstances surrounding Israel's re-birth were anything but easy. Regrettably, Israel's journey from her early beginning to the present has been fraught with great suffering. It is a tribute to the indomitable spirit of the Jewish people that they persisted in their valiant struggle to re-gather again in the land of their birth. Some even go as far as saying that Israel's renaissance -- after 3,000-years or so-- was nothing short of miraculous.