Yom Ha'atzmaut

Passover To Independence Day

From Miracles To Responsibility

05/10/2016 - 16:19
Special To The Jewish Week

The transition between Passover and Israel’s Independence Day (May 12 this year) is a symbolic transition from a holiday that centers on Godly miracles to a holiday that centers on human actions. There, in Egypt, we are told in effect, “God will fight for you while you keep silent.” Here, in the State of Israel, we are not to be silenced: We are active participants, taking our destiny into our own hands. 

Yedidia Stern

This Is The Only State Of Israel That We Have

04/22/2015 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

As we celebrate this Yom Ha’atzma’ut, the sixty-seventh birthday of the State of Israel, I share a treasured Israel memory.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Yom Ha’Atzmaut: A Time For Celebration And Response

05/05/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

At its most fundamental level, Yom Ha’atzmaut commemorates the moment in 1948 when David Ben-Gurion stood before the world and declared Israel’s independence.

From Jerusalem to Boston: That Was the Week That Was

04/18/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Having just come off the week of Yom Hashoah, when we consciously called to mind memories of the very worst behavior that humanity has ever countenanced, I– like most of us, I’m sure– thought it was safe to “shift emotional gears” and anticipate the joy of celebrating Israel’s independence.  But now, of course, I know I was wrong…

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Israel's Emergence Intersects With Global LGBT Struggle

04/15/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Today, Israel’s 65th Independence Day, it is appropriate that we stop and take pride in the many strengths of this young nation, and what its existence and growth has meant for Jewish people not only in Israel but around the world. 2013 offers much for LGBT people to take pride in compared with 1948.

Arthur Slepian

Israel Independence Day Celebration Dampened

In the aftermath of marathon explosions, Bloomberg connects bombings to the Israeli experience.
04/15/2013 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Hundreds of people who gathered at Marquee to celebrate Israel’s 65th birthday Monday night were joyful but at the same time saddened by news of the terror attack in Boston.

Partiers celebrating Israel's independence were saddened by thoughts of the Boston Marathon Bombings. Perry Bindelgrass

Dor Chadash Yom Ha'atzmau't Celebration

Over 1,000 New Yorkers came out to BB Kings to celebrate Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) hosted by Dor Chadash.

Peres Talks Tough To Israel's Enemies In Independence Day Speech

04/25/2012 - 20:00


Israeli President Shimon Peres offered a warning to Israel's enemies on the occasion of Israeli Independence Day.

"To those who are now threatening Israel I say, don't repeat the mistakes of your predecessors," Peres said Thursday in a speech at an annual ceremony bestowing honors on 120 soldiers for Yom Ha'atzmaut. "You threaten out of a hunger for conquest. We defend out of an aspiration for peace. The wars, which Israel did not initiate, brought it unexpected gains, causing the aggressors unexpected losses."

Israel At 64, Strong But On Edge

04/23/2012 - 20:00

As the State of Israel marked its 64th anniversary of statehood this week, with its population approaching 8 million, it has never seemed as powerful — or as vulnerable.

The Jewish state is a vibrant, messy democracy. It is the spiritual center of the Jewish people, having fulfilled one of Zionism’s key missions in providing a haven for persecuted Jews from around the world despite being in a state of war with Arab neighbors since the day it was founded.

For Israel’s Arabs, Sense of Disenfranchisement as Israel Marks 63rd Birthday

05/09/2011 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- In an elegant limestone building in a Jerusalem neighborhood that before 1948 was home to the city’s Palestinian elite, a group of Jewish and Arab Israeli academics recently tried to untangle one of Israel’s most complex and charged questions: the status of its Arab minority.

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