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The Religious Status of Yom Ha’atzmaut

Within Israel and in the greater Jewish world there are differing views as to whether there is a religious nature to Israel's Independence Day.

Yom Hazikaron: Israel’s Memorial Day

This day honoring fallen soldiers immediately precedes Israel's Independence Day.

The Importance of Remembering

The best way to honor the memory of Holocaust victims is through Jewish continuity.

Yom Ha’atzmaut Liturgy

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

By the Rivers of Babylon We Remember Zion

This famous psalm is read on the eve of Tisha B'Av and sets the tone for an emotionally challenging holiday.

What Are the Nine Days?

In this period leading up to Tisha B'Av, Jews traditionally abstain from eating meat.

Minor Fasts Quiz

How much do you know about these days of mourning?

The Book of Lamentations

This special reading for Tisha B'Av sets the tone for this tragic and mournful day

The Prohibition Against Studying Torah on Tisha B’Av

Why would learning sacred Jewish texts be forbidden on this day of fasting and mourning?

What Is Lag B’omer?

This minor holiday is known for bonfires, weddings and haircuts.

Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day

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

Tisha B’Av 101

Tisha B'Av, the ninth day of the month of Av, is the major day of communal mourning in the Jewish calendar.