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Yom HaAtzmaut - Israel Independence Day

Sundown May 11 through sundown May 12, 2016 marks Israel Independence Day, Yom HaAtzmaut, the fifth day of the month of Iyar, which is the Hebrew date of the formal establishment of the State of Israel, when members of the “provisional government” read and signed a Declaration of Independence in Tel Aviv.

Yom HaAtzmaut Overview

Discover more about the biblical and historical significance of the birth of the Jewish State by downloading a chapter from Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein's How Firm a Foundation, an overview "Birth of a Nation," or watching a video from Yael Eckstein on celebrating Israel Independence Day.

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Celebrating Yom HaAtzmaut

Israel marks her 68th birthday this week. Find out how Israel Independence Day is celebrated by listening to a podcast from Yael Eckstein, reading an excerpt from her book, Holy Land Reflections,, and watching a special video featuring Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein singing the Israeli national anthem.

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The History of Zionism

Zionism has existed, if not by name, at least as a concept since biblical times when the Jewish people were first exiled from their homeland. Discover the history of Zionism and how it played a part in the forming of Israel and the return of the Jewish people to their home with these resources.

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Going Deeper

Learn more about Israel and her fight for statehood, as well as the biblical background to Israel's flag and how ancient Hebrew became the language for the new nation, with these resources. Test yourself on your knowledge with our quiz on Israel Independence Day!

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