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In honor of the State of Israel's 70th birthday, Rav Mike gives an overview of the meaning of the word "Am" (people) today on The Jewish Story.
Do the Israeli holidays, created by the secular state, have as much meaning and importance as the Torah holiday’s? The Sacrifice Was Worth It – Happy 68th Israel!! on today's Yishai Fleisher Show.
The transition from solemnity on Memorial Day to the exuberant gratitude of Independence Day just moments later is like no other religious experience. Listen to Israel Inspired Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut special show.
He thanks Jews who stand up for Israel but didn’t even hint they should make Aliyah.
Nira Lee grew up in Tempe, Arizona as a Zionist but firmly planted in the USA, until she saw the destruction following the Second Lebanon War during a visit to Israel. Now she is Lieutenant in the IDF.
The Interdisciplinary Center at Herzliya launched the Daniel Pearl International Journalism Institute on Wednesday, named for The Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped...
Take 740 gallons paint, let a Yemenite Chabadnik work day and night for three weeks and – presto – see a huge Israel flag display in Eilat that can be seen from Jordan.
Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb says it's "a huge mistake" for the band.
In the neighborhood of Meah She'arim, stronghold of the vehemently anti-Zionist sect of Neturei Karta, Israel's Independence Day is traditionally kept as the inverse of the country's national celebrations.
This time of year in Israel is a time of sadness and a time of joy. We commemorate the murder of six million Jews in Nazi Europe and we commemorate the deaths of our children in times of war and the terrorist murders of our people during periods of "peace." When our sadness reaches a crescendo as the sun sets on Memorial Day, we pause, raise our flag from half mast to its highest height, and joyfully begin to celebrate Israel's Independence Day.
Reading through one of our local Jewish newspapers, I was delighted to see a full-page advertisement publicizing a celebration for Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel Independence Day. The 62nd anniversary of the resurgence of the Jewish State is certainly worthy of a party. In fact, after 2,000 years of bloodstained exile, it is an incredible, modern-day wonder.
Israel Independence Day is a national holiday in Israel. This year it falls on Tuesday, April 20th and is celebrated either publicly or within the family circle. The ceremonies begin eight days earlier with Holocaust Memorial Day. One week later, we commemorate Israel's fallen soldiers and terror victims on Memorial Day. As the sun sets, the national flag is raised from half-mast, the music begins to play, and the festivities begin in honor of Israel's 62nd anniversary.
The Israeli media and the Israeli Left (but I repeat myself) have been hysterical in recent weeks over a proposed bill that would make it illegal to hold anti-Israel "mourning" events on Israel's Independence Day, events that would declare Israel's very existence a "nakba" (or catastrophe in Arabic).