Every year, on the fourth of the Hebrew month of Iyar, Israel observes Yom HaZikaron, a day of memorial for fallen soldiers and victims of terror. Enacted into law by the Israeli Parliament (the Knesset) in 1963, the holiday intentionally falls the day before Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day. This year, Yom HaZikaron begins at sundown on April 30.
The progression draws a clear connection between the liberty that Israelis enjoy as citizens of a free, independent nation and the sacrifices of those who gave their lives in pursuit and protection of this freedom. The sorrow and mourning... Read More