This week is the 50th anniversary of the “Six Day War” that established Israel’s position as a major military power in the Middle East. Those 6 days in June of 1967 gave our people great pride–to know that Israel could hold its own against hostile forces. But, this 50th anniversary also marks the beginning of Israel’s role as an occupier of territory claimed by another people. For many Jews, in Israel and in the Diaspora, this reality is very troubling. In her commentary on this week’s Torah portion, Rabbi Mary Zamore pointed out that the Israelites in the wilderness were commanded to use silver trumpets for many conflicting purposes—from the announcing the waging of war to the celebration of holidays. (Num 10: 1- 10) She noted that this 50th anniversary is a mixed bag as well. We celebrate Israel’s strength and vitality and also worry about its avalues and future.