What’s Today’s Date?

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So yesterday, I decided to be all festive and celebrate Israel. Struggling to figure out what I wanted for lunch, I settled on schwarma, and headed to my favorite place in NYC.

As I’m carrying my sack full of humus, pita, tabouli, meat and more, I suddenly realize that I have screwed up. While Israel’s Memorial Day was over in Israel, I was still supposed to be observing it in the US. Yom Ha’atzmaut didn’t start until sundown.

Somehow my meal seemed less festive when it became Yom Hazikaron schwarma.

The confusion was not without cause. Just before heading out, I was talking with my best friend online. She’s in Israel for the year. She was telling me about her day, and at that point, she was getting ready to go out and celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut. I figured I should do the same.

Wouldn’t it more sense if Diaspora Jews celebrated these holidays at the same time as Israelis? I mean they are Israeli national holidays. Does it even make sense to commemorate Israel’s Memorial Day at a time when Israel itself isn’t marking it. Likewise, the biggest Israel parade in the US rarely happens on Israel Independence Day itself.

And isn’t the best way to show solidarity with Israel to celebrate with Israel?

Posted on May 8, 2008

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3 thoughts on “What’s Today’s Date?

  1. leon1

    When Yom HaAtzmaut (and also Yom HaShoah) fall on Thursday evening / Friday, the holiday is observed one day earlier — that is, on Wednesday evening and Thursday. The State of Israel does this to avoid the juxtaposition of those days with Erev Shabbat — allowing Sabbath-observant Jews to observe those days without curtailing their preparation for Shabbat. Inevitably in America, some institutions and synagogues know about this Friday-moved-to-Thursday rule, and others don’t. We should incorporate this “minhag Yisraeli” (Israeli custom) here as well as far as these days are concerned.

    As for the parade, it is always scheduled after Lag B’Omer to allow traditionally observant Jews who are forbidden to dance or listen to live music during the first weeks of the Omer to do so.

    Oh, the intricacies of the calendar.

  2. Mellie3192

    How about us poor folks down in Australia?! Not just another timezone, a whole other seasonal calendar. It is a bit disturbing celebrating Channukah in 35 to 40 degree (celsius, that’s 95 to 104 to you Americans out there) weather!
    We often discuss holding festivals when they make seasonal sense just for fun, for example doing a “Channukah in June/July” party =D

  3. dan13

    Hi,
    We know each point on this earth hase own time and related to the sun and the stars and the circel of the moon , before the watch and the calendar people maked good use of
    these,aktually habit-formings.
    So think semple,Your own time related to that place there You are.
    have You seen a watch to go stright on?/

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