Monday, May 6, 2019

I'm not a German, I'm a Jew, and Yom Hazikaron is Israel’s Official Memorial Day for her fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism. ... It runs from sundown to sundown, in 2019, from May 7-8, and is followed immediately by Yom HaAtzmaut, Israeli Independence Day.

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 Kindness is in our power even when fondness is not.

~Henry James 

Compassion   is language the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

~Mark Twain~ 

Carry a heart that never hatesa smile that never fades, 

and a touch that never hurts.


Today, I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, f or I am far 

surer of what is kind than I am of what is true.

~Robert Brault~


It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice.


Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only 

sunshine he or she sees all day.


If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.


I always prefer to believe the best of everybody. It saves so much trouble.

~Rudyard Kipling~


Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you 

not because they are nice, but because you are.


Never look down on anyone unless you are helping them up.

Don't be yourself — be someone nicer.

Never miss an opportunity to make others happy, e ven if you have to leave them alone in order to do it.


Love your enemies. It will confuse them greatly.


There is one word that may serve as a rule for all one's life: Reciprocity


Grownups know that little things matter and that relationships are based on respect.

A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you will remember. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.





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Yom Hazikaron is Israel's Official Memorial Day for her fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism. ... It runs from sundown to sundown, in 2019, from May 7-8, and is followed immediately by Yom HaAtzmaut, Israeli Independence Day.

Yom Hazikaron in Israel. May 7-8, 2019

Yom Hazikaron is Israel's Official Memorial Day for her fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism. Falling either in late April or early May every year, Yom Hazikaron is an especially solemn time and marked by ceremonies and silences across the country. It runs from sundown to sundown, in 2019, from May 7-8, and is followed immediately by Yom HaAtzmaut, Israeli Independence Day.

The flag flies at half mast at the Western Wall during the State Ceremony for Yom Hazikaron.

Yom Hazikaron begins at sundown (8.00pm) when a siren is sounded across the country for one minute. Everybody stops what they are doing, including cars driving on the highway, and observes the silence to show their respect and remember the fallen. That evening, the official State Ceremony to mark the start of Yom Hazikaron takes place at the Western Wall (the Kotel) in Jerusalem. Unlike in many other countries, Israel's wars have taken place at home and being a small country, almost everybody knows somebody who died in the country's wars making Yom Hazikaron an incredibly personal time of remembrance.

Cars stop on the highway to observe the silence for Yom Hazikaron.

The following day, a siren sounds for two minutes, at 11.00am and again the country stops to remember. Following this, memorial ceremonies take place across the country – either public or private, to remember the country's fallen. That evening, between 7 and 8.00pm, another state ceremony takes place, this one at Mount Herzl, Israel's National Military Ceremony. This ceremony marks the end of Yom Hazikaron, and the beginning of Yom Haaztmaut, Israel's Independence Day, a day which contrasts dramatically to what preceded it and a strong reminder of the price Israel has paid, and continues to pay for her independence.

There are many ceremonies you can join for Yom Hazikaron, here are a few of the most iconic:

  • At the Western Wall annual ceremony for the Memorial Day opening, the flag is lowered to half-mast.
  • In Jerusalem's Safra Square there will be a ceremony 


Yom Hazikaron in Jerusalem 2019

About Israel's Memorial Day

Israel Remembrance Day, called Yom Hazikaron in Hebrew, is Israel's official day of remembrance for fallen soldiers of Israel and victims of terrorism. It falls exactly one week after Holocaust Remembrance Day and considering the fact that casualties are very close to home in this small and young country, this day is extremely solemn. You will find places of entertainment closed, flags at half-mast and there are many ceremonies that take place in community centers and by memorials around Jerusalem and Israel.

In a way very unique to Israel, Remembrance Day flows straight into Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israel's Independence Day. As is often customary in Judaism, we remember the heartbreak with the joy. We acknowledge the direct connection between our loss and the independence and sovereignty that we appreciate so much today.

Yom Hazikaron is marked on the fourth day of the Hebrew month of Iyar. This year it is commemorated from the evening of Wednesday, May 8, 2019 until the evening of Thursday, May 9 (when Independence Day begins).

All local media channels are focused on this day of grief and two sirens sound during the 24 hour period when people respectfully come to a standstill.

Here are some of the things happening around Jerusalem on Yom Hazikaron:

The sirens

There are two sirens on Yom Hazikaron. A one minute siren sounds at 8:00 pm on Wednesday evening and a two minute siren sounds at 11:00 am on Thursday. Similar to the siren on Holocaust Memorial Day, people generally stop whatever they are doing – even those driving on the highway – and stand at attention throughout the duration of the siren. It is highly recommended to stand outside for the sirens in order to experience the impact of almost an entire nation coming to a standstill in honor of those who died in order to gain and preserve our freedom.

The Day Before – May 7, 2019 Beit Avi Chai

A special screening of animated films from Face.Day.Memory project, with musical accompaniment and personal stories of survivors, wars, and terror attacks.

Where: Beit Avi Chai, 44 King George Street, Jerusalem
When: May 7, 2019 at 9:45 pm
Contact for more details: 072-3281853

Memorial Day Eve Events – May 8, 2019 State opening ceremony at the Western Wall

An annual ceremony takes place at the Western Wall as the official opening of Israel Remembrance Day. It begins with the one-minute siren at 8:00 pm which is heard throughout the country, during which the flag at the Western Wall is lowered to half-mast.

The ceremony is attended by Israel's President, Jerusalem Mayor, the Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), VIPs, and a large audience of bereaved families.

This ceremony which includes prayers, speeches and the lighting of a memorial torch, is broadcast live on Israeli television channels.

Where: The Western Wall, Old City, Jerusalem
When: 8:00 pm
Tickets: Invitation only

Community Centers Memorial Ceremonies

Memorial ceremonies will take place at different neighborhoods around Jerusalem.  

Ceremonies will include poetry readings and music, memorial candle lighting, flag lowering, wreath-laying, and reading the names of the fallen.

Ceremonies will take place in following community centers: Beit HaKerem, Kiryat Moshe, Baka, Gonenim, Gilo, French Hill, Homat Shmuel, Ginot Hair, Musrara, Lev Hair, Neve Ya'akov, Pisgat Ze'ev, Katamon, Kiryat HaYovel, Kiryat Menachem, Romema, Ramot Alon, Shmu'el HaNavi, East Talpiot and 27 Hatzfira Street (at 7:45 pm)

The memorial ceremonies will begin at 8:00 pm

Memorial Day Events — May 9, 2019 Ceremonies at Jerusalem Monuments

City officials, including the mayor and city council members, and high school students will lead ceremonies at monuments in the neighborhoods of Mishkenot Shaananaim/Yemin Moshe, Abu Tor, Ramat Rachel, Armon Hanatziv and Yaar Hashalom.

Where: Monuments around the city
When: 9:00 am

Memorial Day ceremony at Museum of Underground Prisoners

A commemoration ceremony in memory of Meir Feinstein and Moshe Barazani, members of Jewish Revisionist underground organizations, with the participation of veterans of the underground and other personalities.

Register by phone: 02-6233166

Where: Museum of Underground Prisoners, 1 Mish'ol Hagvura Street, Jerusalem
When: 9:00 am

Memorial Day ceremony at Safra Square

Mayor Nir Barkat and City Manager Amnon Merhav, with representatives of the underground movements, Nahal, pupils of the Sligsberg School, guests and employees of the Municipality of Jerusalem.
The ceremony will include words from Jerusalem Mayor, City Manager, Rabbi Yosef A. Wasserman, Chairman of the Jerusalem District Team, Kaddish reading by a bereaved father – a Psalms' chapter, and Yizkor prayer.

Where: Safra Square, Jerusalem
When: 9:15 am

Wreath laying ceremony at Mitzpor Haarbaa

A wreath laying ceremony attended by Jerusalem Deputy Mayor, bereaved families, Nahal soldiers and residents.

Where: Ha'Eyal Street, Malcha Neighborhood, Jerusalem
When: 12:00 pm

State ceremonies at Har Herzl

Attended by the Israeli Prime Minister, ministers, the mayor of Jerusalem, and families of fallen soldiers and victims of terror

Memorial Ceremony for Israel's Fallen Soldiers
Where: Mount Herzl, Jerusalem
When: 11:00 am

State Commemoration Ceremony for Victims of Terrorism
Mount Herzl, Jerusalem
1:00 pm

Public transportation

Attendees are asked to arrive by public transportation and avoid using private vehicles due to the expected increase in traffic congestion.

For information and details about parking and traffic during Memorial Day Eve and Israel's Memorial Day, please call 106 call center or call *8787 for CallKav call center.

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