Category Archives: Israel news

Chag Same’ach! Yom Yerushalayim 5780 – 2020

Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day, the anniversary of Israel’s miraculous victory over combined Arab forces in 1967, began last night (Thursday). Usually the chag is marked with festive prayer services in synagogues around the country. This year, because of the restrictions … Continue reading

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Chag Atzma’ut Same’ach! Happy 72nd Independence Day Israel!

It’s Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, and, as we note every year, the country swings in a mad but so-Israeli kind of way from the mourning, sorrow and remembrance of Yom Hazikaron to the flag-waving patriotism and general merry-making of … Continue reading

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Yom Hazikaron 5780 – Israel’s Memorial Day 2020

Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of terror, began last night at sundown with the sound of the siren, as Israel commemorated its fallen with a one minute siren at 8 pm and a surreal ceremony … Continue reading

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Yom Hashoah 5780- 2020

Yom Hashoah this year took on a much more subdued tone than in normal times due to the strictures imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. For the first time ever the ceremony was broadcast online while the host and choir addressed … Continue reading

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Chag Kasher Ve’sameach – Pesach in the shadow of corona

Looking back at what I have written for my Pesach posts over the last years, my heart aches, as it does for everyone, for what we enjoyed and for what we had been so looking forward to again this year. … Continue reading

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Keeping up morale in the Corona crisis

How can I post a Good News Friday post amidst this unprecedented worldwide quarantine which has confined millions to their homes, shuttering businesses and places of entertainment and leisure, and bringing the world economy to its knees? There are more … Continue reading

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