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Yom HaZikaron

Israeli flag on a pole in the foreground; people watching the sun set in the background

Israel Independence Day celebrates the oneness of the Jewish people in all its colorful diversity. What if we carried that spirit with us every day?

Maya Glasser
Watermelon halves on display in Israeli market

“Those who sow in tears, shall reap in joy.” Whoever wrote these words knew the depth of our collective mourning is matched only by the height of our collective joy.

Cantor Evan Kent
Right hand index finger making concentric circles in a light-filled pond

Thriving Reform Jewish congregations in Israel can help Israelis meet modern life and all its challenges in today's Promised Land.

Rabbi Galit Cohen-Kedem
Two uniformed Israeli soldiers praying at the Western Wall

As the sorrow and mourning of Yom HaZikaron give way to Yom HaAtzmaut’s jubilation and pride, we understand that we cannot have one without the other.

Shelby Friedman
IDF soldier placing Israeli flag on grave

Growing up in Israel, I took part in my school’s Yom HaZikaron (Israeli Memorial Day) memorial ceremony every year, commemorating Israel’s fallen soldiers and terror victims. It was always sad and always painful, though I experienced it differently each time.

Lotem Eilon

This message is being written during the most sensitive hours in Israel – the time in between Israeli Memorial Day for falle

Rabbi Gilad Kariv

In their deaths they bequeathed us life.
    -Haim Nachman Bialik

Rabbi Marc Rosenstein

In Israel, it's personal.

Rabbi Jackie Mates-Muchin

Last weekend, at a Tel Aviv cafe, I met Shani. At 24, she is an intelligence officer with the IDF.

Karen White

Being an Israeli, one of the hardest things to deal with, and as far as I know it is unique to Israel, is the seemingly unbelievable and immediate passage between sorrow and celebration, as portray

Hanan Cidor


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