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Yom Hazikaron Yom Haatzmaut


    Moving from Memorial to Independence 

מעבר בין יום הזיכרון לחללי מערכות ישראל


Rav Siach is delighted to share with you the Masorti Movement's booklet "Twilight - בין השמשות."

Naomi Shemer opens her seminal song Al Kol Eleh with the words of Al Ha'Devash Ve'Al Ha'Oketz, ‘the honey and the sting.’ This notion of an Israel filled with joy and challenges, and even great burdens and difficulties, is actualized in the Israeli/Zionist calendar, with the juxtaposition of the pain and sorrow of Yom Ha'Zikaron (Israeli Memorial Day) and the revelry and rejoicing of Yom Ha'Atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day). The transition between them is difficult, disorienting and emotionally taxing. This is clearly the case for bereaved families. But in Israel, where every soldier is a child of our people as a whole, and where much less than six degrees of separation divides citizens, all of Israeli society feels this pain.

How hard it is to move from the sorrow and mourning of Memorial Day to the joy and happiness of Independence Day!

This booklet aims to offer a model for a remembrance and transition ceremony, which can be used in congregations outside Israel and can give you a taste of what our Masorti congregations in Israel will be doing.  This ceremony will allow those in attendance to experience and be partners with Israel in mourning the fallen before Yom Ha'Atzmaut celebrations. A festive Ma'ariv service is included as part of the ceremony.


1. To read or download click the booklet or click here

2. For a text study and discussion focusing on the dissonance of the juxtaposition of Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha'Atzmaut click here 


The Masorti Movement is committed to a pluralistic, egalitarian, and democratic vision of Zionism. Masorti represents a “third” way. Not secular Judaism. Not ultra-Orthodoxy. But a Jewish life that integrates secular beliefs. Halakhah with inclusion and egalitarianism. Tradition that recognizes the realities of today’s world. Masorti engages tens of thousands of Israelis each year, young and old, native born as well as olim from around the globe.
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