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Yom Hazikaron, Yom Ha’atzmaut, and the Space in Between

Why do we mark these Israeli holidays in this order, and what does it feel like to move between them?

A woman visits the grave of a family member at the military cemetery on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem on April 22, 2020. (Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
A woman visits the grave of a family member at the military cemetery on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem on April 22, 2020. (Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

What is the connection between Yom Hashoah, Yom Hazikaron, and Yom Ha’atzmaut? Why do we mark these Israeli holidays in this order, and what does it feel like to move among them?

In this very personal episode, Donniel Hartman, Yossi Klein Halevi, and Elana Stein Hain discuss their own experiences of Israel’s “high holidays” and the annual national experience of moving, in the space of a few hours, from a day of mourning to a night of celebration.

For Heaven’s Sake is a podcast from the Shalom Hartman Institute’s iEngage Project that revives the lost art of Jewish debate for the sake of illuminating a topic, not sowing division. The podcast draws its name from the concept of Machloket l’shem shemayim, “Disagreeing for the sake of heaven.”

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