Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day)

Ceremonies were held last night all over Israel to commemorate the fallen soldiers and victims of terror from the days of the Haganah until today. Every city, town and kibbutz in Israel has lost both soldiers and civilians and each community remembers its own losses as well as all of Israel’s.

This year the losses of the Gaza War have joined the list of those being mourned. Both soldiers and civilians lost their lives in the defense of Israel’s southern border. For their families and friends, Yom HaZikaron is no different than all the other days of the year in which their loss is fresh and painful. For those of us who didn’t know them personally, today is a time to reflect upon the great sacrifice of these men and women for the good of the Jewish State.

Yom HaZikaron honors sacrifice but is also a time to yearn for the day when sacrifices of this kind will no longer be necessary. When Israel’s existence will not be questioned by anyone, its borders secure and its focus not on military prowess, but on technology, culture and spirituality.

Read about a personal experience of the official ceremony at the Kotel last night at What War Zone?
Bryna Levy’s new blog has an interesting post on the connection between war and the land.
Read about the destruction and exile from the Jewish Quarter in 1948 on the COJS website: The Exodus, Zion Gate, 7:00 PM, May 28, 1948. and Eyewitness Account of the Destruction of the Jewish Quarter, May 29, 1948.

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2 Comments on “Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day)”


  1. After much internal debate, I forced myself to go to our local ceremony and I was glad that I did. It wasn’t nearly as difficult as I had built it up to be. It was sad – but was done so well because if focused more on the positive. A young man got up and talked about serving in the army. Living and serving in this country is not a right, but an obligation, he said.

    With one son in the army, and another about to go in, I can only hope that by the time my third son reaches draft age, there will be peace. One son has already gone to war – I hope the other two never will. I hope today brings comfort to the families, as they see all of us remembering and honoring the sacrifices of their loved ones.


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