Beyond the Flag: The Religious Dimensions of Yom Ha’atzma’ut

By :  Eliezer B. Diamond Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics Posted On Apr 27, 2020 / 5779 | Monday Webinar Times of Crisis and Possibility | Israel

Part of the series, “Times of Crisis and Possibility”

Yom Ha’atzma’ut, Israel Independence Day, commemorates a historical event – the declaration of the new State of Israel. From the beginning, however, it was also framed as a religious holiday. We will look at how, drawing on the liturgy of Hannukah, Purim, Shabbat and Passover, a holiday ritual was created, one that provides the religious language with which to speak of a fundamentally political event. 

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