Posts Tagged: Yom Ha’atzmaut

Spring Time in Israel



by Loui Dobin As I am writing these words, I am on a plane home from Israel. We took off a couple of hours ago and have just crossed the coast of France. Now that we are “feet-wet” over the North Atlantic, I have had a little time to think about my trip. I landed on the eve […]

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Israel Pauses to Remember its Fallen



Sirens were sounded throughout Israel at 8 PM on Sunday night and 11 AM this morning in Israel, in memory of the more than 25,000 fallen Israeli soldiers and terror victims. As the Jewish state ushered in Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day, the nation, and indeed the Jewish world, paused to reflect on the cost […]

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Israel Turns 65: Special Yom Ha’atzmaut Live Broadcast



Celebrate Israel’s birthday with the Reform Movement! You’re invited to join friends from across the world for a special celebration of Israel’s 65th Birthday, broadcast live from Kehillat Yozma in Modi’in, Israel. On Monday, April 15th, ARZA and the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism will host a special online “Havdalah” ceremony to mark the conclusion […]

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64 Things to Love About Israel



It’s no secret that there are a lot of funny Jews out there: Mel Brooks, Jerry Seinfeld, Sara Silverman, the Marx Brothers, Chelsea Handler, Woody Allen… the list goes on and on. I’d like to add another name to that list, one you may be slightly less familiar with but who will make you laugh […]

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Happy Birthday, Israel!



Tonight and tomorrow, we celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut, Israeli Independence Day. It is observed on or near the 5th of Iyar in the Hebrew calendar, which usually falls in April. On May 14, 1948, soon-to-be Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion issued a declaration of the State of Israel – which means that this year marks the 64th […]

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What is the Point of Remembering?



In the 20th century, three new holy days were inserted to the Jewish calendar based on the massively significant events of the Shoah and the Establishment of the State of Israel: Yom HaShoah v’Hagveurah, Yom HaZikkaron, Yom HaAtzmaut. Yom HaShoah v’Hagveurah is the Memorial Day for the Shoah and the Resistance and was placed on […]

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Yom HaZikaron Moments



Haggai. I danced at his wedding in the fall of 1971. He was a proud member of the IDF Tank Corps. The wedding was at Kibbutz Na’an not far from Rehovot. My first Israeli wedding. We laughed and danced. He embraced me into the “kibbutz family” into which my sister would marry in February. On […]

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A Day to Proclaim Our Love for Israel



I usually spend Yom HaAtzmaut here in New York, but when the day comes, I am always sorry that I am not in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. I have been a proud Israel activist all of my life, but the problem with being an activist is that when you spend so much time focusing on […]

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A Torah for Israel’s Memorial Day and Independence Day 5772



The weight of Israel’s Memorial Day is almost too heavy to bear. Regardless of the deep political divisions in the Jewish state, there aren’t separate cemeteries for the fallen soldiers that were affiliated with different political parties. Profound grief cuts across the full spectrum of Israeli society. Memories of so many unfinished lives are held […]

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An Israeli Perspective: Israeli Memorial and Independence Day



By Hanan Cidor Being an Israeli, one of the hardest things to deal with, and as far as I know it is unique to Israel, is the seemingly unbelievable and immediate passage between sorrow and celebration, as portrayed in the pairing of Yom Hazikaron (Israel’s Memorial Day) and Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Israel’s Independence Day). The idea […]

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Israel and the Fantastiks



Pesach is celebrated by more than 90% of all Jews. We recall the story of our liberation from slavery, but we often forget that we were freed in order to be a holy people. Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day, is celebrated by most Israeli citizens, but less than a third of the Jews of America? Why? In […]

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Galilee Diary: Redemption and Independence



by Marc Rosenstein(Originally published in Ten Minutes of Torah and Galilee Diary) Order Now! Blessed are You O Lord our God, Ruler of the universe, who differentiates between light and darkness, between Israel and the nations, between sadness and joy, between war and peace, between Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzma’ut; blessed are You O Lord, […]

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Celebrating Reform Zionism for the Sake of Heaven



by Rabbi Daniel AllenExecutive Director, ARZAAlso published in Ten Minutes of Torah Chag Sameach. Today, we celebrated the newest holiday of the Jewish people- Israel Independence Day. Our efforts to re-establish a Jewish sovereign state are the culmination of nearly 2,000 years of prayers but of just over 100 years of political activism. It is […]

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Yom HaAtzmaut: Thoughts from Jerusalem



by Miriam Farber Shabbat and Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day. On the surface, these holidays have little in common. One has existed literally since the beginning of creation, the other since 1948. Shabbat is observed in mostly religious ways, while Yom HaAtzmaut is a more secular holiday, to make a broad generalization. What do these […]

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