Just want to take this opportunity to acknowledge my deep gratitude and appreciation to this great country of ours.
This year American Independence Day - July fourth - is on Shabbos. It would not be the end of the world to have a positive thought or two about the birth of this nation on this day. And to feel a moment of gratitude to HaShem for allowing us to live in peace and freedom in the United States of America.
God has blessed this Medina Shel Chesed - this country of kindness. May he continue to do so.
Go for a walk, visit a friend or a parent, or go to a park and enjoy the day with your children - and feel the glory of freedom... the freedom to be a Jew in America on the Fourth of July.
If you encounter a fellow Jew smile and say good Shabbos - even if you don't know them. And if you encounter a fellow citizen who is not Jewish - smile and say 'Happy Fourth of July!'