Modern Holidays

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Yom Ha'atzmaut

Israeli Independence Day, Yom Ha'atzmaut, is a national holiday in Israel, and is celebrated by many Jews around the world, with Israeli food, music, and prayers of gratitude.

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Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)

Yom Hashoah

Yom Hashoah

Remembering the victims.

Finding Meaning

Responding to the challenge of faith in a post-Holocaust world.

Observances

Holocaust commemorations have--and should have--some common elements.

Discussions with Children

A topic that may seem far from modern children's lives holds valuable social lessons.

Choosing a Date

After much debate, a compromise date--satisfactory to none--is chosen.

Yom Hazikaron

Yom Hazikaron

Yom Hazikaron

Remembering those who lost their lives defending the State of Israel.

Communal and Personal Grief

Tensions exist between national observance and private remembrance on Yom Hazikaron.

Six-Day War

Provoked by an Egyptian military buildup, Israel fights back.

Yom Kippur War

A surprise attack on a holy day in 1973.

Operation Entebbe

The rescue of the hostages of Air France Flight 139.


Yom Ha'atzmaut

Yom Ha'atzmaut

Yom Ha'atzmaut

Celebrating the Jewish state.

Liturgy

Religious observances of Yom Ha'atzmaut draw on a variety of Jewish customs.

Religious Status

Is there a religious nature to Israel's Independence Day?

Israel & Judaism

The importance of Israel for Jews who do not live there.

Falafel

About Israel's signature food--plus, a recipe.

Yom Yerushalayim

Yom Yerushalayim

Yom Yerushalayim

The newest holiday on the Jewish calendar celebrates the reunification of Israel's capital.

Biblical Jerusalem

Biblical texts present Jerusalem as a concrete city and also an abstract symbol.

Centrality of Jerusalem

Remembering Jerusalem permeates Jewish belief, thought, and practice.

Yerushalmi Kugel

The sweet and peppery flavor of Jerusalem Kugel.

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