MembersThe Significance of Israeli Independence Day

It’s now 2022. We still don’t have a Temple. But we did begin a pre-messianic period in which the Jewish people took action to hasten the redemption

By Rachel Avraham | | Topics: Zionism
Photo: Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90

Israelis on Wednesday commemorated Memorial Day, to be followed immediately by Independence Day. For Israelis who served in the IDF and the families of Israeli terror victims, this day holds special significance, as the entire nation comes together to honor and remember those who died fighting for this Holy Land and who were murdered merely because they were Jewish Israelis.

We Israelis put aside a day to remember them, for as the late Elie Wiesel proclaimed, “Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there is no civilization, no society and no future.”

On this day, my husband’s family usually travels to Zikhron Ya’akov in order to remember Corporal Hanit Arami, a relative of my husband who was murdered at age 19 in a suicide bombing during the Second Intifada while waiting to take a bus home for Shabbat. In my husband’s family, we also remember the fate of Claude Knapp, another relative who was murdered in a suicide bombing during the Second Intifada at age 29.

My husband’s family is no different...

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