A few new holidays have been added in the last 100 years
They relate to the Holocaust and the State of Israel
A few minor holidays have been added to the calendar to commemorate various
significant events relating to the Holocaust and the modern state of
Israel. All of these holidays occur in the period
between Passover and
Shavu'ot. These holidays are not universally
acknowledged, the dates are not entirely agreed upon, and the observances are
not yet standardized. Nevertheless, they are worth noting.
Also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day, this holiday occurs on the 27th of
Nissan. "Shoah" is the Hebrew word for the
Holocaust. This is a memorial day for those who died in the Holocaust.
Israeli Memorial Day, observed on Iyar 4, remembers
those who died in the War of Independence and other wars in Israel. Unlike
American Memorial Day, this is a very serious, solemn day in Israel, because so
many people have lost immediate relatives or close friends in Israel's wars.
Israeli Independence Day, marking the establishment of the modern state of
Israel in 1948. It is observed on the 5th of Iyar.
Click the musical notes to hear the Israeli national anthem, Ha-tikvah.
According to some views, the restrictions of the
Omer period are lifted for this day. A few
anti-Zionist Jews observe this day as a day of mourning for the sin of
proclaiming the state of Israel without the Messiah.
The 28th day of Iyar commemorates the reunification
of the city of Jerusalem in Israeli hands. According to some views, the
restrictions of the Omer period are lifted for this day.
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