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Israel’s National High Holidays

Yom HaShoah, Yom HaZikaron, and Yom Ha’atzmaut unite Israelis around a shared story, but they also highlight divisions. Tal Becker, Donniel Hartman and Elana Stein Hain discuss.

Israelis wave flags outside Jerusalem's Old City on April 20, 2022. (Carrie Keller-Lynn/Times of Israel)
Illustrative: Israelis wave flags outside Jerusalem's Old City on April 20, 2022. (Carrie Keller-Lynn/Times of Israel)

Israel’s National Holidays — Yom HaShoah, Yom HaZikaron, and Yom Ha’atzmaut — commemorate the last century’s major upheavals of Jewish history. While these days are meant to unite Israelis around a proud, shared story, they also highlight divisions in Israeli society. Arab Israelis and Haredim generally don’t participate in the commemorations, excluding over a quarter of the country’s population.

Tal Becker joins Donniel Hartman, and Elana Stein Hain to better understand the intent, complexity, and evolution of Israel’s national holidays, and share their favorite ways to celebrate. Listen here:

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