Yom Hazikaron Commemorated & Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebrated at Yeshivat Kiryat Shemona
Yom Hazikaron at our Yeshivah provides an opportunity for any Hesdernik to share his own grief or personal story about a friend or relative who died in defense of the State of Israel or who was a victim of a terrorist attack. The mood is enhanced by candlelight, songs and musical accompaniment reflecting the somber atmosphere of the day.
Among the 23,000 fallen soldiers and victims of terror are a number of our own Hesder graduates, who are commemorated on a special plaque beside the Bet Midrash. This year the pain was felt especially deeply owing to the death of a soldier, who served together with Kiryat Shemona Hesder students in the artillery corps and was killed in September 2012 in a shootout between Islamist terrorists and IDF troops along Israel’s southern border with Egypt.
This page is presented in memory of Netanel Yahalomi z”l.
The Jewish people have gathered eons of experience celebrating happy days immediately following days of mourning, and for the past 65 years, this has been the case as Yom Ha’atzmaut follows Yom Hazikaron – and we do it pretty well.
On this special day, our Hesderniks put into practice all the abundant spiritual ideals that are studiously researched during their years of learning at the Yeshivah. In the evening, a special Maariv service was followed by a lavish meal combining delicacies both edible and spiritual, as Am Yisrael celebrated its freedom in Eretz Yisrael.
After this, the entire town was invited to a “Happening” graced by the honored presence of various leaders and rabbis of the public sphere. This year, a group of Ethiopian immigrants took part in what was, for most of them, their first experience of a Yom Atzmaut in Israel. A hike organized took place in the morning after which the obligatory barbecue (“mangal”) provided a delicious fitting finale to this beautiful purely-Israeli holiday.
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