This year Yom HaZikaron is on:
Yom HaAtzmaut is on:
It's amazing that when most of our parents were born, Israel was not yet a State. When they were born maps didn't even include a Jewish State on it. We think of the State of Israel always being there.We forget sometimes, just how young it really is. This week we celebrate Israel's 65th birthday. Quite an achievement, considering the threats that Israel has had to conquer in its short life. Israel has accomplished so much in its 65 years, a true light among the nations, but before we leap into celebration, we must stop and remember. The day before Yom Ha-atzmaut is Yom Hazikaron, the Day of Remembrance for Israel's fallen soldiers and Victims of Terror.
Sirens will sound across Israel to call the nation to a moment of reflection for Yom HaZikaron. When the State was established, Israel's leaders felt strongly about connecting Yom HaZikaron to Yom HaAtzmaut. Though this is the season of our freedom, we also mourn our people's tragedy, we remember the fallen soldiers and also celebrate the independence of the State of Israel. On Yom HaZikaron are lost sons, daughters, fathers, sons, mothers, brothers, and sisters. Whether it was during one of Israel's wars, or during a senseless act of terrorism, the loss in Israel is profound.
It is not by accident, then, that we go from this day of sorrow to the joy of Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel's Day of Independence. We go from "Yagon L' Simcha" - from Sorrow to Joyousness. In doing this, we can hopefully understand what a sacrifice it was for the generations past and present to build the Jewish State.
We're always reminded of life's highs and lows, and the price of freedom.
Special Yizkor Prayer Memorializing Israel's Fallen Heroes