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Israel Asking UN Recognition of Yom Kippur – Is Tisha B’Av Next?

JTA is reporting that Israel has asked the United Nations to recognize Yom Kippur as an official UN holiday.

Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin and Israel’s ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor met Monday with UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson to request international recognition for Yom Kippur.

It means UN employees would be allowed to take a day off without having to give up a vacation day.

There are 10 UN holidays, including the Muslim observances of Eid Al-Fitr, Eid Al-Adha and the birth of the Prophet Muhammad, along with Christmas Day, Palm Sunday, Easter and the Islamic New Year.

But, to keep it real, it may not be outlandish to extend to the international body a request to include the Jewish day of mourning for our two destroyed temples as an official day off for Jews—especially since the UN is so frequently involved in attempts to reenact those festivities…

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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2 Responses to “Israel Asking UN Recognition of Yom Kippur – Is Tisha B’Av Next?”

  1. Avi Lehyani says:

    As a Jew, a Zionist and an Israeli, I am appaled at the ridiculous and definitely misdirected request to include Yom Kippur as an official UN holiday. The fact that most of the other UN recognized holidays are Islam inspired, I feel we should actualliy shy away from even contemplating this possibility.

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