Happy birthday, State of Israel. You are now 67 years old. What is the significance?
Here's one idea that popped into my head:
Yehuda married Bat Shua and had Er, Onan, and Shelah. Er and Onan died, leaving Shelah. When Shelah was born, the verse in 38:5 says:
A few verses later, in 38:11, it says:וַתֹּסֶף עוֹד וַתֵּלֶד בֵּן, וַתִּקְרָא אֶת-שְׁמוֹ שֵׁלָה; וְהָיָה בִכְזִיב, בְּלִדְתָּהּ אֹתוֹAnd she yet again bore a son, and called his name Shelah; and he was at Chezib, when she bore him.
A few later commentaries say that שלה (Shelah) is spiritually synonymous with שילה (Shiloh, from Yaakov Avinu's blessing to Yehuda in Bereishit 49:10), which most commentators say refers to the Mashiah (e.g. see Sanhedrin 98b)1. According to these commentaries, this means that "till Shelah my son be grown up" refers to having to wait for the Mashiah2.וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוּדָה לְתָמָר כַּלָּתוֹ שְׁבִי אַלְמָנָה בֵית-אָבִיךְ, עַד-יִגְדַּל שֵׁלָה בְנִי--כִּי אָמַר, פֶּן-יָמוּת גַּם-הוּא כְּאֶחָיו; וַתֵּלֶךְ תָּמָר, וַתֵּשֶׁב בֵּית אָבִיהָThen said Judah to Tamar his daughter-in-law: 'Remain a widow in thy father's house, till Shelah my son be grown up'; for he said: 'Lest he also die, like his brethren.' And Tamar went and dwelt in her father's house.
Having known that, we can now go back to verses 38:3-38:5, and explain it this way:
It can be argued that this refers to the events of 5708, when Am Yisrael was nationally asleep for almost 1900 years and after the harsh pregnancy of the Holocaust, were awakened by the miracles of the State of Israel.אני ישנה מן הקץ ולבי ער לגאולה אני ישנה מן הגאולה ולבו של הקב"ה ער לגאלניI am asleep from the Ketz, but my heart is awake for Redemption. I am asleep from Redemption, but the heart of HKB"H is awake to redeem me.
However, the State of Israel in its early years did evil in Hashem's eyes (verse 7) by secularizing those who were religious to the point of taking away children from religious families and giving them to secular families, R"L.
Next, comes verse 4:
Perhaps, it is a sign to us that this is the year we've been waiting for. May it be Hashem's will, Amen.
1) Even the Midrash Lekah Tov expounds Shiloh without the Yod to incidentally say that it refers to 1335 days.
2) See also Rav Hayim Vital, who says that Ribbi Akiva, a Nitzotz of Yaakov Avinu, thought that Bar Kochba was Mashiah since he was Bar Koziba, similar to Keziv, but it turned out that Shelah was true in one Nitzotz, but not totally true. See also Divrei Hayamim Alef 4:21-23, Bava Batra 91b, Hiddushei Aggadot of the Maharal there, and Edrei Tzon pp. 17-20 (pdf pp 31-34).
3) Original quote found here.