Israeli National Days

Israel National Days

Israel’s national days are a deeply nuanced time in the Israeli-Jewish calendar, encompassing Yom Hazikaron – Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terror, and Yom Ha’atzmaut – Independence Day.

Yom Hazikaron is a day of profound national mourning. Israeli society joins in pain and in sorrow, alongside love and support. In contrast, Yom Ha’atzmaut is traditionally the most Israeli day of the year. It’s a day in which we celebrate the miraculous existence of our state, a Jewish homeland.

During these days in Israel laughter and tears are intertwined. However, Jewish tradition teaches us that it is also right to create separations and distinctions, allowing each emotion its unique place. IMPJ congregations throughout the country hold special Havdalot, transition ceremonies and separation rituals, designed to differentiate between the sorrow of Memorial Day and the joy of Independence Day.

Since October 7th, thousands of families have entered the circle of bereavement. This year both days will be ones of deep contemplation and reflection.

We offer a selection of materials and resources to mark this day with prayers, reflections, and insights – this year and every year. Resource Material to Celebrate Israel’s National Holidays with Israeli and Reform

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