This is the newest instalment from our Ceremony & Celebration series, aimed at sharing key ideas and insights throughout the Jewish calendar year, from the teachings of Rabbi Sacks zt”l, for families, educators, and teenagers around the world.
Yom Ha’atzmaut is Israel’s Independence Day. The State of Israel came into existence on 14th May 1948, as David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister of Israel, read the Declaration of Independence in Tel Aviv on behalf of the provisional government. The Hebrew date was the 5th day of the month of Iyar 5708, and every year on this day we celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut, (although this year the 5th of Iyar falls on Shabbat, so Yom Ha’atzmaut is celebrated on the previous Thursday, 15th April, in order to avoid Shabbat desecration).
Download the Yom Ha’atzmaut instalment of our ‘Ceremony & Celebration: Family Edition’ series to read extracts from the writings of Rabbi Sacks as well as questions, stories, points for discussion and a quiz to engage your students and your families.