In Jewish tradition numbers have special meaning and can convey crucial insights for our understanding of Jewish history.
On the eve of celebrating the 70th anniversary of the birth of the state of Israel and the miraculous return of our people to our national homeland after almost 2000 years of exile, let us ask: “Who knows seventy?” Who knows its secret and deeper meaning? In a remarkable commentary of the midrash on the verse in the Torah which tells us that there were 70 who originally descended to Egypt, the problem was raised that a count of Jacob’s family members gives us only 69.
Why does the Torah tell us 70? Of the various answers given, the one which perhaps has the most relevance to this year’s 70th anniversary celebration of Yom HaAtzmaut is that God included himself in the number! God could not exclude himself from his people. more …
Opinion: Israel opened it’s 70th Independence Day (Yom HaAtzmaut) festivities with a joyous Jerusalem celebration Wednesday at sundown.
At the military cemetery on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, the transition was marked with an extravagant state ceremony featuring speeches from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, the lighting of 12 torches by people who are seen to have made an outstanding contribution to society — as well as one by Netanyahu himself, and another by Edelstein — and much singing and dancing.
On May 14, 1948 Israel will celebrate it’s 70th anniversary of statehood the fulfillment of Bible prophecy (Isaiah 11:11, 66:7-8; Jeremiah 16:14-15; Ezekiel 36:8-9. Amos 9:15).
Excerpt, Bible prophecy 101 chapter 2:
#70: The number specially connected with Jerusalem:
The number 70 is combination of two of the perfect numbers, 7 and 10, 7 x 10, and signifies perfect spiritual order carried out with all spiritual power and significance.
Both spirit and order are greatly emphasized.
The table of 70 nations in Genesis 10 (post flood) is the first recorded list of the descendants of Noah: Shem, Ham and Japheth, which provides the genealogy of the nations known at that time.
The Jewish people kept the Sabbaths 70 years, while they were in the Diaspora (Babylonian Captivity) (Jer. 35:11).
70 sevens were determined upon Israel to complete its transgression and bring in everlasting righteousness (Messiah) for it, (Dan. 9:24).
“The days of our years are three score years and ten (70); and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away” (Ps. 90:10).
The destruction of the second Jewish Temple took place in AD 70.
(see more on Biblical numbers here)