Yom HaAtzma'ut

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Yom HaAtzma'ut (Israel) History

Yom-HaAtzmaut, also known as Israeli Independence Day, marks the declaration of independence of the state of Israel in 1948. This day exhibits a spirit of patriotism and unity among Jewish populations across the globe. Its observance includes a variety of cultural events, traditional food, and activities reflecting Jewish and Israeli heritage. Praying for peace and prosperity of Israel is also an important aspect of this day.

Historically, Yom-HaAtzmaut originated from the end of the British Mandate for Palestine and the establishment of a new Jewish state, hence, marking the revival of Jewish sovereignty after nearly 2000 years. For Canadians, this day is significant as the Jewish community in Canada plays a vital role in the cultural tapestry of the nation. Numerous Canadians share strong family, cultural and political ties with Israel. Canadian-Israeli dual citizens and Jewish Canadians, alongside other supporters of Israel, take part in various events and celebrations every year.

In Canada, Yom-HaAtzmaut is observed with a blend of public and private events hosted by synagogues, Jewish community centres and social groups. These often include concerts, picnics, and Israeli-themed parties that showcase Israeli music, dance and cuisine. These celebrations provide opportunities for Canadian Jewish communities to connect with their roots and for others to learn about Israel and its traditions. While the exact date of Yom-HaAtzmaut varies each year, depending on the Jewish lunar calendar, it typically falls between April and May.

Yom HaAtzma'ut (Israel) facts

  • Many Jewish prophets in the Bible prophesied that the Children of Israel would return to their land. Isaiah, Jeremiah and Zachariah made notable prophecies. For example, Jeremiah 29:10. This is what the Lord says: 'When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place'.
  • According to Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda Kook and many others in the Religious Zionist camp, the founding of the State of Israel was considered to be Atchalta De'Geulah the beginning of the final redemption.
  • On the occasion of Yom HaAtzmaut in 1987, renowned Israeli-American violinist Miriam Fried performed with the TSO, an event that attracted attention in the world of music.
  • The celebration of Yom HaAtzmaut in Canada is more than just a recognition of Israeli Independence; it also promotes cultural exchange and understanding. Many Canadians have the opportunity to learn about Israeli culture, history, and traditions through these celebrations.

Top things to do in Canada for Yom HaAtzma'ut

  • Attend a Yom Haazmaut Party, held at many local Israeli/Jewish Communities on the Eve of Yom Haazmaut. Typically, Israeli food is served, followed by a fireworks display. A live broadcast of the Yom Haazmaut ceremony from Har Herzl, Jerusalem may be watched and culminates in the singing of the Hatikvah, the Israeli National Anthem.
  • Attend a lecture on the connection between Jews, Israel and the Bible. Yeshivah University holds many public lectures on this topic.
  • Attend the Toronto Jewish Film Festival: This festival often lines up with Yom Ha’Atzmaut and features a wide variety of Jewish and Israeli films.
  • Read a book to learn more about Yom-HaAtzmaut in Canada:
    1)The Jews of Canada - by Morton Weinfeld, William Shaffir, Irwin Cotler
    2)Canadian Jewish Studies/ Etudes juives canadiennes, Volume 24, 2016 - by Canadian Jewish Studies Association

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