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April 15, 2013 6:57 pm

Why Does Independence Day Immediately Follow Memorial Day in Israel?

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Israelis observe a moment of silence during Memorial Day in 2007. Photo: Wikipedia.

It’s been a busy week for Israel. First there was Holocaust Remembrance Day last Monday, then today is the country’s Remembrance Day for fallen soldiers and victims of terror; finally tomorrow is Independence Day. But why do Israelis mourn one day and celebrate the next? Isn’t that pivot a little extreme? The official English-language IDF blog explains:

“Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut are back-to-back for a purpose. The celebrations of Independence Day are not empty or for their own sake. We celebrate with the acute awareness that without the incredible sacrifice of those we lost, there would be no State of Israel. Yom HaZikaron fills our Yom HaAtzmaut with meaning – it compels us to push ahead, to continue to build, and to never take our lives, our families, or our friends for granted.”

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  • Editrix

    Whoah, please, edit this headline, stat! Completely unintelligible. You mean to ask “Why Does Memorial Day Precede Independence Day In Israel?”

    A grammar lesson for your perusal:

    And the last few lines are complete throwaways unless you actually provide some kind of source. You also might have misunderstood the difficulties of mourning families with “disappointment”. Altogether really bad writing.

  • Rivka

    It’s quite simple,my opinion,why Yom HaZiakron and Independence Day are back to back. To remind us of the cost of our freedom. That freedom is not guaranteed by the country you were born into. But by its citizens standing up against evil,hatred and tyranny and saying,we will not tolerate anyone having their rights as a human being trampled.

  • Bruce B Seltzer

    You mean follow proceed means before (ie. Yom Ha-Atzmaut then Yom Ha-Zikaron when in fact it is the opposite).

  • Helen Chronister

    I also believe that the two commemorations are too close. I work at a Sunday school and usually only one (guess which) gets a program for the kids.