Israel's independence day

Sorrow Turns To Rejoicing

05/08/2009
Staff Writer
‘From mourning to joy” is a slogan in Jewish life. In Israel, it’s an annual ritual. Every year in spring, the Jewish State marks Yom HaZikaron, its memorial day for fallen soldiers, then, as the sun sets that night, it gives way to Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day.

A Banner Week For Israel

05/08/2008
Staff Writer
They were showing the flag a lot in Israel this week. And a lot of flags. Preceded by Yom HaZikaron, the annual day of remembrance for the soldiers who have fallen in Israel’s defense, Yom Ha'Atzmaut, Israel Independence Day, marked the country’s 60th birthday. There were fireworks and torch lightings, concerts and speeches,  a bike race and Bedouin festival, TV documentaries and parachute shows. And it all began with the raising of the state flag at Mount Herzl.

Not A ‘Hava Nagila’ Crowd

04/23/2004
Staff Writer
It’s not your zayde’s Yom Ha’Atzmaut. Next Monday, New York’s Jewish community will hold its annual Israel Independence Day celebration, as usual, with singing and dancing. But the music will be contemporary, authentically Israeli. “No ‘Hava Nagila,’ ” says Tzameret Fuerst, co-chair of the event and a founder of the half-year-old Dor Chadash organization that is the main sponsor of the celebration. The dancing will be hip — probably no hora.
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