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: