Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut

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Yom Ha’atzmaut is known as Israeli Independence Day and marks the establishment of the modern state of Israel in 1948. It is observed on the 5th day of Iyar which usually falls in April or May. The Israeli Knesset established the day preceding Yom Ha’atzmaut as Yom HaZikaron, a memorial day to honor soldiers who lost their lives fighting for Israel’s independence. The message of linking these two days is apparent - Israelis owe their freedom and the very existence of their state to the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for it. For American Jews, celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut is a way to express solidarity and reinforce our bond with the state of Israel.

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