Passover seders this year will be held as the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War approaches. The stunning, lightning-speed victory of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in June 1967 made history. But, a half-century later, the only thing remaining clear is the decisiveness of the victory.
I was 16, in high school, and I remember when I realized an extraordinary moment in Jewish history was approaching. I was outside an older friend’s house and was bewildered about why he was red-faced and crying. He told me Israel was on the verge of war against the armies of six Arab countries, and he feared Israel was badly out-soldiered and out-gunned. He talked defeat and the end of the eternal Jewish dream. [Read more…]