Monday, April 15, 2013

Yom HaAtzmaut Celebration and other Miracles from G-d

The existence of the state of Israel is one of the biggest miracles in the world today! We are thankful to the one above who has acted through our guardian angels, the IDF soldiers. And it is on this day, that throughout Israel we are remembering them and their sacrifices for us.
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Yom HaAtzmaut Observance in United States

April 10, 2013
Jews all over the world observe Yom HaAtzmaut because it is Israel's Independence Day. Even those who are living in the United States solemnly observe it by holding little celebrations. This year, Yom HaAtzmaut falls on April 16, which is the 5th of the month of Iyar in the Jewish calendar. Although it is not considered a federal holiday, people with Jewish descent observe it together with others.
History says that the proclamation of Yom HaAtzmaut was made on May 14, 1948 by Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion. Israel was declared independent 8 hours before the end of British Mandate of Palestine due to finish on May 15, 1948. Israel became the State of Israel by virtue of the people's natural and historic right and strengthened by the resolution of the United Nations General Assembly. Both the Soviet Union and the United States recognized the newly-formed state but not by other Arab countries surrounding it. Because of the way the Hebrew calendar works, there is a variance of as much as a month between how the date falls out on the English calendar each year, similar to how Easter falls out on a different day each year.

Celebrations begin on the evening of Yom HaAtzmaut in accordance with the Jewish traditions. This is observed by Jews in the US, in Israel and anywhere else in the world. Small Israeli flags are often attached to cars' windows and majority of the people in Israel decorate their balconies with a huge national flag, although in the US there are not many who do this anymore.
On the eve of Yom HaAtzmaut, families eat together in a little barbecue or pizza party. Others stay all night singing and dancing. In Israel, town squares are often closed to cars to allow people to celebrate joyfully their Day of Independence. Popular Israeli celebrities, singers and dancers often hold concerts and shows in line with the celebration. In other words, Israel is one of the countries that openly and merrily celebrate their independence every year.
There is a few Arab Israelis that treat Yom HaAtzmaut as 'Nakba' (al-nakba is translated as 'the catastrophe'). These people march through streets in protest every year during the celebration of Yom HaAtzmaut with a slogan "Jewish independence is our day of mourning."

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