Yom HaAtzmaut


This is Israeli Independence Day.  It falls on the 5th of Iyar.  The day before is Yom haZikkaron, Day of Remembrance.  It is a day to honor all those who died in defending Israel.

At 7:00 p.m. sirens are sounded throughout the country.  The Israeli flag is raised to full mast and the Speaker of the Knesset declares the memorial is over and the celebration has begun.

The United Nations approved the establishing of the state of Israel on May 14, 1948.  There were 37 Jewish leaders in a museum in Tel Aviv.  At one minute after midnight, the British rule would end.  It was a Friday.  The declaration was made in the afternoon so there would be no violation of Shabbat.

At four o’clock, David Ben-Gurion called the meeting to order.  They sang the song, HaTikvah. And then David Ben-Gurion read:

“We, the members of The National Council, by virtue of the natural and historic right of the Jewish people and of the resolution of the United Nations General Assembly, hereby proclaim the establishment of a Jewish state in Eretz Yisrael, to be called Israel.”

This was 1878 years after the Romans had destroyed the second temple.

This was of course fulfillment of the Scripture in Isaiah 66.8.  This declares, “Can a nation be born in a day?”  Yes, G-d performed this miracle!

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