We have mentioned many times from Isaiah 55:8-9:
8 For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the L-RD.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.
Hashem works in mysterious ways, but His plan is perfect. What happens in this world very often is strange to us human beings. We often wonder: Why did Hashem do a particular event the way He did?
Watch this excellent video entitled “Current Events in the Haftarah - Parshat Tazria / Metzorah.” The Rabbi definitely gives some strange examples of Hashem’s mysterious ways:
Hashem's plan is perfect. He knew that we could never get Israel back by giving it to observant Torah Jews. It had to be by giving it to a secular population, especially since Hashem knew that there would be a war as soon as Israel was born again. Would the Chareidim been able to fight the war, handle the world politics, deal with the building of a desolated country (this is actual a long list of items that could only be handled by a secular population).
We now know that 1948 was the start the redemption process. It is brought down in scriptures that when the land started to produce and the Jews returned, this would be the process of the birth pangs of Moshiach. Hashem’s plan was to start the process with a secular population and cause a gradual change from the secular to the Charaidi. That has been an obvious arrangement in Israel since 1948. It was Hashem's plan and it worked, of course. The Chareidim who use false human logic and ignore Hashem's perfect plan as it is in scriptures, will understand it completely when the worldwide redemption occurs and Moshiach is introduced to the world.
I think it is also prudent to understand Zionism. Zion appears in the Tenach 162 times. Zion is another way of saying Jerusalem, even talking Israel. We throughout history yearned to return to our Hashem given home – Zion. Everything we see in the news these days is not talking about the Jewish desire to return to Israel, but Political Zionism, a completely different animal. What Theodore Herzl envisioned was a place that Jews could live without Jew-hatred, without non-Jews. His thought of using Palestine as our home was not because of Hashem’s will, but for practical purposes, a possible place for Jews to huddle together without persecution. This was seen when Herzl also thought of other possibilities such as Uganda. What? Yes, he was just looking for a place, not to return to Hashem or the land that belonged to us. That was Political Zionism, which was from the secular Erev Rav not Jews.
The term "Zionism" coined by Austrian Nathan Birnbaum, was derived from the German rendering of Tzion in his journal Selbstemanzipation (Self Emancipation) in 1890. Zionism as a political movement started in 1897 and supported a 'national home,' and later a state, for the Jewish people in Palestine. The Zionist movement declared the re-establishment of its State of Israel in 1948, following the United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine. Since then and with varying ideologies, Zionists have focused on developing and protecting this state. In other words it has completely changed the idea in the Tenach of the Jews wanting to return to Hashem in our homeland. The last line of the Israeli national anthem Hatikvah (Hebrew for Hope) is "....Eretz Zion, ViYerushalayim," which means literally "The land of Zion and Jerusalem".
Theodor Herzl, born Benjamin Ze'ev Herzl, also known in Hebrew as חוֹזֵה הַמְדִינָה, Chozeh HaMedinah was an Austro-Hungarian journalist, playwright, political activist, and writer who was one of the fathers of modern political Zionism.
Should we celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day)? If we look at it as a gift from Hashem, and the start of the Geula that we crave so much, we absolutely should. Everything is from Hashem and the return of Israel to the Jewish people is no different. We may not understand with our flawed human logic why it all happened the way it did, but we will soon when the worldwide redemption, Moshiach, the return of the exiled and the Third Temple and most importantly, Hashem are our daily lives.
We are not celebrating Political Zionism, we are celebrating Hashem’s perfect plan to bring about the worldwide redemption. We will all be in Zion living the goodness of Hashem. Let’s celebrate!!!!
Another video from Rabbi Specher:
Yom HaAtzmaut - Our Triple Victory over Hitler