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Israeli Memorial Day: Yom HaZikaron

Israeli Memorial Day, Yom Ha'Zikaron, is observed on the 4th of Iyar, the day before Israeli Independence Day, Yom Ha'Atzmaut. Yom Ha'Zikaron commemorates those who lost their lives in the establishment of the Jewish state and those who have died in active duty since then. In Israel, places of entertainment are closed for the day and a siren blast precedes two moments of silence, where traffic stops and attention is given to the solemnity of the day. Outside of Israel, diaspora Jews mark the day with ritual and prayer.

Two Fathers Grieving

By Alden Solovy
When I made aliyah to Israel four years ago, several obvious experiences never crossed my mind. What it would feel like to run to a bomb shelter. How close friends might need support when their...  more
Blog Post | July 19, 2016

In Search of a Poetic Ritual for Yom HaZikaron/Ha'Atzmaut

by Rabbi Ela Merom
Yom HaZikaron cannot only be about our own pain, for we will continue to hurt as long as others hurt. During the omer period, the Jewish people move from mourning towards joy. In this blog post,...  more
Blog Post | April 24, 2012

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