Numbers 1 - 4

א וַיְדַבֵּ֨ר יְהוָ֧ה אֶל־מֹשֶׁ֛ה בְּמִדְבַּ֥ר סִינַ֖י בְּאֹ֣הֶל מוֹעֵ֑ד בְּאֶחָד֩ לַחֹ֨דֶשׁ הַשֵּׁנִ֜י בַּשָּׁנָ֣ה הַשֵּׁנִ֗ית לְצֵאתָ֛ם מֵאֶ֥רֶץ מִצְרַ֖יִם לֵאמֹֽר׃
ב שְׂא֗וּ אֶת־רֹאשׁ֙ כָּל־עֲדַ֣ת בְּנֵֽי־יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל לְמִשְׁפְּחֹתָ֖ם לְבֵ֣ית אֲבֹתָ֑ם בְּמִסְפַּ֣ר שֵׁמ֔וֹת כָּל־זָכָ֖ר לְגֻלְגְּלֹתָֽם׃

"Our awareness that the dedication of those who fell made our independence possible gives us the strength to cope with the sorrow of Yom Ha'Zikaron. At the same time, our awareness of that terrible price, encourages us not only to appreciate our joy on Yom Ha’Atzmaut, but also to strive to channel our independence in the proper direction. This contrast between sorrow and joy at a time of redemption is reflected in Tehillim 107"

Rabbi Menachem Leibtag, Tehillim 107 - Yom Haatzmaut

"It is not overstating the case to claim that the entire Torah is a description of the relationship of the Jewish people and the land of Israel. From Rashi's opening comment (that the Torah begins with the story of creation to validate our claim to the land of Israel), to G-d's command to Abraham to go to Israel, to G-d's charge to Moshe at the burning bush that He will bring the Jewish people from Egypt to Israel (Shemot 3:8), it is the land of Israel that is link between us and G-d, 'And I will place my Sanctuary among you and My spirit will not reject you' (VaYikra 26:11)."

Rabbi Jay Kelman, Bechukotai - Coming Home

"Beyond the commandment, there is a deeper pull toward Eretz Yisrael. For Avraham (as for contemporary olim), there is no initial promise that everything is going to work out. Nonetheless, Avraham returns to God's land after being forced to leave due to the famine, and remains loyal to Eretz Yisrael."

Rabbi Jonathan Snowbell, Avraham's Aliya and Our Aliya

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Happy Yom Haatzmaut!

"...Now the significance of the counting becomes clearer. The counting takes place throughout the period of the harvest, representing an existential continuation of the omer itself, from which we count. We continue to express our faith and recognition that the harvest comes from God. This ongoing process of faith in God's blessing in the harvest is what ultimately leads to God blessing the harvest, and we arrive at the stage where we may give praise and thanks for it. The seemingly technical act of counting is an awesome expression of our ability to give acknowledgment and have faith even when we are not yet able to actually see the blessing." 

Rabbi Yehuda Rock, The Omer, the Counting of the Omer, and the Festival of Shavuot

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