Month of Modern Jewish Holidays

RPRY parade 2008
RPRY Parade 2008, Edison, New Jersey

The month after Pesach has a string of modern (and one not so modern, Lag B’Omer) Jewish holidays. Last week was Yom HaShoa, Holocaust Memorial Day. Some Jewish groups prefer not to acknowledge that day but instead insist on adding the Holocaust to other Jewish catastrophes commemorated on Tisha B’Av, the Ninth of Av, which is in the summer. I strongly prefer the Holocaust has its own day, as it is arguably the worst catastrophe the Jewish people has ever suffered.

Today is Yom HaZikaron, Israeli Memorial Day. There is a commemoration tonight at RPRY; however, due to family constraints, we will not be attending. I do hope to attend the little march around the block tomorrow morning, pictured in the photo, for Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel Independence Day. Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day, is the last of these modern Jewish holidays.

Some bloggers write powerfully about Yom HaZikaron:

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8 thoughts on “Month of Modern Jewish Holidays

  • Concise but clear post. I wanted to write about today’s and tomorrow’s holidays but was not sure what to write since we were away for most of the day.
    Thanks for writing it.

    • It’s hard for me to write about Yom HaZikaron, as I feel so distant from those who have experienced loss. My cousins, who have 5 boys, 4 of whom are in the military (some just in reserves), have been fortunate. My cousin’s sons, however, (they are now men) have experienced loss first hand by losing friends.

  • Thank you Leora, I am not of the Jewish Faith but this is a very important post and a very interesting one. I shall follow the links you gave. The photo of the little girl and the other children is adorable 🙂

  • Leora, thanks for the link (as always). This is my second time commemorating Yom HaZikaron in Israel. It is a very powerful, emotional holiday. It’s a pity that the Passover vacation can’t be extended to include these modern holidays.

    Over here, we have already passed into Yom Ha’atzmaut, and are celebrating 61 years of living free as Jews in a Jewish land…enjoy your celebration tomorrow.

    • I feel honored, even if all I did was attend our little march in Edison! OK, I’ll post this year’s pictures next week. We had gorgeous weather, and the Mayor of Edison came, too.

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