In Lit. ”the one who struggles with God.” Israel means many things. It is first used with reference to Jacob, whose name is changed to Israel (Genesis 32:29), the one who struggles with God. Jacob’s children, the Jewish people, become B’nai Israel, the children of Israel. The name also refers to the land of Israel and the State of Israel., Memorial Day directly precedes Independence Day and both are observed with a seriousness of purpose. Memorial Day is shaded with sorrow and introspection, while Independence Day is marked by raucous celebration. In America, we can find ways to connect with these themes and to share in the mourning and celebration.
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