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  • 68 years old! Israeli Independence Day

    May 15, 2016 | 8:24 am

    By Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback in Israel this week with his sixth grade students 

    When the Eternal returned us to Zion, we were like dreamers! -

    בְּשׁוּב ה׳, אֶת-שִׁיבַת צִיּוֹן–הָיִינוּ, כְּחֹלְמִים Psalm 126:1 

    The State of Israel turns 68 years old this week, and you can feel the...

  • At Independence Day launch, Knesset speaker decries ‘offensive discourse’

    May 12, 2016 | 8:25 am

    Israelis shifted from mourning to celebrating as Memorial Day (Yom Hazikaron) ended and Independence Day (Yom Haatzmaut) began.

    The country’s 68th birthday kicked off with an annual torch-lighting ceremony on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem Wednesday evening.

    In the opening address at...

  • From Memorial Day to Independence Day

    April 22, 2015 | 3:36 pm

    In a few hours, Israel’s Memorial Day will end and Israel’s Independence Day will begin.

    As they say here, once the clock strikes 8 p.m. we will change from a drop of red blood on green fabric to a drop of blue hope on white fabric. The colors could not be more different, but...

  • Lucy Aharish, Arab-Israeli trailblazer, among Independence Day torch lighters

    April 22, 2015 | 9:52 am

    An Arab-Israeli woman will be among the 12 Israelis to light a torch at this year’s official Independence Day ceremony.

    Lucy Aharish, 33, is the first Muslim-Arab news anchor on Israeli television. Her announcement as a torch lighter has raised the hackles of both the far right...

  • Capturing the Israeli summer holidays

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 11, 2014 | 9:54 am

    This past month, we celebrated three major Israeli holidays: Israel's 66th Independence Day, Lag Ba'Omer and Shavu'ot.

    Lag Ba'Omer is a Jewish holiday celebrated on the thirty-third day of the counting of the Omer (six weeks from Passover to Shavu'ot.) For most of us secular...

  • Israel’s population grows to 8.2 million

    May 1, 2014 | 2:05 pm

    Israel’s population increased to nearly 8.2 million, according to figures released just ahead of Israel Independence Day, or Yom Ha’atzmaut.

    The population grew by 2 percent, about 157,000 people, according to the report released Thursday by the Central Bureau of Statistics.

    Jews make up 75 percent of the population, or 6.135 million people. Arabs are 20.7 percent, or 1.694 million people.

    About 178,000 babies were born in the last year and about 42,000 deaths were reported. In addition, some 24,000 people moved to Israel in the last year.