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June 06, 2014 AT 12:29 PM
This week the news was dominated by the decision of the Obama administration to orchestrate a prisoner swap with the Taliban, bringing home Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been in captivity for five years, in exchange for five detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay. This week also marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the invasion of Normandy that began to turn the tide of WWII. According to Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, President of Clal and co-Founder and Executive Editor of TheWisdomDaily.com, looking at the two events side by side "becomes a case for thinking about America at its best – a culture in which we appreciate the need for both compassion and accountability."