Tonight, the state of Israel celebrates 57 years of existence as a sovereign, united state. (For a sampling of the many things Israel has to celebrate, please see today's Jerusalem Post editorial.)
Question: Between the time they entered the Land of Israel and the destruction of the First Temple, for how many years did the Israelites exist as a sovereign, united state (or kingdom, to be more precise)?
Tune in next week for the answer.
As the Yom Ha'atzmaut greeting goes: Moadim l'simcha v'ligeula shelema - May we have a joyous festival and see the completion of our redemption.