In Israel, Memorial Day directly precedes Independence Day and both are observed with a seriousness of purpose. Memorial day is shaded with sorrow and introspection, while Independence Day is marked by raucous celebration. In America, we can find ways to connect with these themes and to share in the mourning and celebration.
Tags: Rabbi Jill Hammer
Yom HaZikaron cannot only be about our own pain, for we will continue to hurt as long as others hurt.