Yishai is joined in-studio by Ata Farhat, chairman of the Druze Zionist Council, to talk about his community’s celebration of Israeli independence. Though of a different religion and culture, the Druze fight in Israel’s wars and consider themselves an integral part of the Israeli nation-state. Find out why.
Then, Yishai rants about the beauty of Israeli independence. He says that while Israel’s enemies paint the Jewish state as foreign to the Middle East landscape, the truth is that there is nothing more organic — more holistic — than the Jewish people being back in Judea.
Finally, for his “Spiritual Cafe” segment, Yishai is joined by Rabbi Mike Feuer to discuss issues of Jewish statehood. Is there such a thing as “good” post-Zionism, for example? Rabbi Feuer sees Zionism as a holy re-entry vehicle into Jewish statehood. But is normalcy all Israel yearns for, or is there a grander vision?
Snow fell on Yom Ha’Atzmaut on the Hermon for the first time in 32 years Thursday, and rain from the Northern Negev to the Galilee doused thousands of barbecues.
The unusual weather did not stop the Israel Air Force from carrying out its annual aerial flights over the entire country, from Eilat in the south to the northern border.
Approximately 140,000 visited national parks, holding on their hats on their way.
Gale force winds howled in the Galilee and in higher elevations in the Hebron Hills. During the day, heavy rain fell on several areas, including Gush Etzion and as far south as Kiryat Gat, 27 miles north of Be’er Sheva.
The annual air show featured old Beechcraft prop planes and modern F-15 jets.
President Reuven Rivlin awarded at his official residence in Jerusalem 120 soldiers for their distinguished service.
The IDF opened Arm, Navy and Air Force bases for visitors.
Fireworks at the Knesset – as usual. (Flash 90)
Israel Air Force planes fly over Jerusalem on Thursday, Yom Ha’Atzmaut.
Neither rain nor wind will stay Israelis from their BBQ (mangal) on Yom Ha’Atzmaut.
Surfer braves the cold, wind and rain as Israel Air Force planes fly over the Tel Aviv beaches.
Girls dance with the national flag to celebrate Yom Ha’Atzmaut.
An Israeli hobby on Yom Ha’Atzmaut – hitting each other over the head with a plastic hammer.
Prime Minister and Sara Netanyahu with soldiers awarded for distinguished service.
At sunset Wednesday, citizens in the State of Israel dried their eyes and raised their heads, left the cemeteries and bid farewell to their fallen warriors and victims of terror as Remembrance Day ended with the setting sun.
By nightfall, citizens around the country were streaming towards public parks and stadiums to attend celebrations marking the 67th birthday of the State of Israel.
The evening began with the raising of the nation’s blue and white flag to the top of the flag pole at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem. Israel’s annual torch-lighting ceremony officially kicked off the beginning of Independence Day in the country with specially-selected individuals to light each of the torches.
This year, 14 trailblazers who reached unusual, inspiring achievements were selected, each having made a significant contribution to Israeli innovation and excellence. With two pairing up, they lit 12 torches. They were:
Danny Gold: one of the developers of the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system that saved so many lives in last summer’s war with Hamas
Ehud Shabtain: the developer of the WAZE GPS system, recently sold to Google for more than $1 billion
Or Asulin: age 17, CEO of a company that develops youth entrepreneurship in high tech – he lit a torch together with Ehud Shabtain.
Rami Levi: CEO of the supermarket chain in his name that has revolutionized food prices and marketing in Israel.
Alice Miller: First female pilot in Israel, sued the IDF in Supreme Court to break the military’s gender glass ceiling
Lucy Aharish: Muslim Israeli Arab journalist voice against racism in Israel, news anchorwoman on i24News
Prof. Marta Weinstock-Rosin: Researcher who developed Exelon, the ground-breaking medication for Alzheimer’s disease.
Dr. Gabriel Idan: Developed the medical mini-cam swallowed by patients in lieu of invasive procedures.
Rafi Mehudar: Inventor whose technologies have helped Israel and other nations conserve water.
Avihu Medina: Singer and songwriter who brought Israel into the world of Mediterranean music.
Sima Shine: Highest-ranked woman in Israeli intelligence, director of Regional Affairs Division, Strategic Affairs Ministry
Gal Lusky: head of Israel Flying Aid Foundation, which provides humanitarian relief in crisis situations around the world
Malka Piotrkowsky: Paved the way for women’s study of Torah and Talmud, honored for her work as a teacher and women’s rights activist
IDF Pvt. Dan Korkowsky, who is diagnosed on the Autistic Spectrum and serves with IDF Special Intelligence Unit 9900. He was joined by Sgt. Bat Chen Fumorchok, who leads the special needs soldiers’ division.
Fireworks lit up the skies in every town and city in Israel and in some places, in separate neighborhoods as well.
The annual International Bible Contest is scheduled to take place tomorrow (Thursday, Israeli Independence Day) at 11 am in Jerusalem, from where the event will be streamed over the Internet around the world. Contestants have been pared down to a final set of 67 competitors from 33 different nations, all of whom will be participating in Thursday’s event.
President Reuven Rivlin’s Yom Ha’Atzmaut message to Jews in the Diaspora thanked them for contribution to the Jewish state but did not even whisper a hint that they should make Aliyah and come home.
Israel and Jews around the world celebrate Israel’s Independence Day Wednesday night and Thursday, one day before the usual date of the 5th of Iyar in order to avoid desecration of the eve of the Sabbath and celebrating through Friday evening.
This also is President Rivlin’s first year in office, and he did not even tiptoe the issue of Aliyah. He simply ignored it.
Suggesting Jews in the Diaspora to move to Israel usually is an itchy subject. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu angered some French leaders and especially the French government last year when he flatly stated after a terrorist attack on Jews at a kosher deli in Paris, “The State of Israel is not just the place to which you turn in prayer. The State of Israel is also your home.”
David Ben-Gurion, when he was Prime Minister in 1961, hit a brick wall in Baltimore when he told rags-to-riches millionaire Jacob Blaustein he expected several thousand American Jews to move to Israel every month.
Blaustein told Ben-Gurion, “American is our home.”
President Rivlin played it safe and patted American Jews on the back without ruffling any feathers.
He told them in the video that can be seen below:
Israel will forever be indebted to our friends and supporters abroad. Those who have contributed and continue to contribute to charities and foundations, those who have volunteered in the Israel Defense Forces even at times of war, those who stand up for Israel in the media – you are all part of the Israeli family, and should take joy and pride in Israel’s independence celebrations….
Together, we can work to ensure that Israel fulfills its promise of a Jewish and democratic country, with equality and freedoms for all its citizens.
I wish you all Chag Atzmaut Samayach and may we all enjoy a successful and prosperous Israel.
Americans, especially Jews, love to hear about “equality and freedom” in Israel. It makes them feel proud to be Jewish Americans – and not American Jews – so the non-Jewish community can huff and puff that the United States of America is the model for Israel.
America, the country where church is church and state is state and never the twain shall meet.
America, the melting pot.
America, where the assimilation rate among Jews is 70 percent.
If the Obama administration has not convinced American Jews to move to Israel, maybe Hillary Clinton can succeed.
Israeli workers raise a large Star of David (Magen David) onto the “Harp Bridge” at the entrance of Jerusalem on April 17, 2015, in honor of Israel’s upcoming Israel’s Memorial Day and the 67th Independence Day.
Israel will mark its 67th Independence Day on April 22, 2015.
Yishai and Malkah kick off this week’s show talking about Independence Day celebrations around the Fleisher house including an amazing fireworks display over the Mount of Olives, courtesy of the Jews that live in the neighborhood. They move on to talk about the outlaw of a popular communications app in Iran and the reasons behind why the government in Tehran has made it impossible to get. They end talking about a positive message Yishai received on Facebook during Yom Ha’atzmaut from an Arab follower and also how Israel’s independence truly creates light in the darkness.