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A flame of remembrance at Mt. Hertzl, Israel's national cemetary

A flame of remembrance at Mt. Hertzl, Israel’s national cemetary

Israel is finishing a week book-ended by Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, and Yom HaZikaron, the day we remember those who’ve fallen in defense of our country. Tomorrow, we are thrown into Yom HaAtzmaut, our Independence Day. We finish these days of sorrow and mourning by reminding ourselves why these losses mean something, and why these deaths were not in vain. These days of sorrow, followed by our festive day of independence creates a bit of an emotional roller-coaster throughout the country.

In the United States, Memorial Day and Independence Day are completely unrelated, and over a month apart on the calendar. In Israel, this tying together of the Day of Independence with the reminder that, save the sacrifice of many, we may not have a state, makes Yom HaAtzmaut more meaningful and poignant.

The day after tomorrow, Sophia and I are likely to hit the blog again, explaining what these days mean for us personally, and what we take away from these days which remind us of our own struggles in modern times, so closely following Passover. Share your opinions and stories in the comments and tell us what these days mean for you.

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