Yom Hazikaron

Yom Hazikaron comes on May 1 of every year. It is Israel’s official remembrance day “Memorial Day of Israel and Victims of Terrorism for the Fallen Soldiers,” enacted into law in 1963. Yom Hazikaron traditionally dedicated to fallen soldiers and commemoration has also extended to civilian casualties of violence in politics, Terrorism in general and Palestinian political violence.  It is a Jewish festival, and the number of 23,447 are allowed Palestine outside of Jerusalem’s Old City walls. National Memorial services held in the presence of Israel and military personnel of top leadership’s.

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The day opens with a siren that precedes at evening, given in the Hebrew calendar system. The siren sounds all over the country and lasts one minute, during which Israelis stop everything including driving, which ends highways also and stand in silence until commemorating the fallen and showing respect. Many religious Jews say prayers for the souls of the fallen soldiers at this time. The ceremony to remember the opening of the day at the Western Wall officially and the flag of Israel lowered to half-staff.

History of Yom Hazikaron

After the declaration of the State in 1949 and 1950, the first two years started memorial services for soldiers who fell in the War of Independence that also were held on Independence Day. People who service at military cemeteries coordinated between the IDF including the Defence Ministry. A concern that expressed by families of fallen soldiers to establish a separate memorial day observance distinct from the festive celebrations. In light of the public debate on the issue, Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion is also serving as Minister of Defense which established in January 1951 the “Public Council for Soldiers’ Commemoration.”

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This council setting the 4th of Iyyar, the day precedes Independence Day, as the “General Memorial Day for the Heroes of the War of Independence.”

How to Celebrate the Yom Hazikaron

Celebrating the Yom Hazikaron is not conceived as a religious commemoration by the majority of Israelis but it as part of the civic culture. The siren sound seems to inspire the awe as well as sanctity not less than any traditional religious in the ceremony.

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Israel’s outside is like, Yom Hazikaron commemorated as part of Israel Independence Day. There is usually a small memorial and a moment of silence preceding the nonpublic Ha’atzmaut celebration. In synagogues that observe Yom Hazikaron, an individual reading may add to the service, but it often precedes the Kaddish.

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