It is not a happy holiday, but it is an especially important day: Yom Ha’Zikaron (Memorial Day) for fallen IDF soldiers, underground fighters and victims of terror. It is commemorated on the 4th of Iyar (April 28th). We will never forget their bravery and the ultimate price they paid so that we can enjoy this wonderful country. May their memories be a blessing for us all.
5th of Iyar (April 29th) is Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Israel Independence Day). This day is normally celebrated with outdoor concerts, fireworks, picnics and barbeques but, this year, Israelis will be celebrating at home. As a matter of fact, the joke around Israel is that instead of YOM Ha’Atzmaut… it will be HOME Ha’Atzmaut! The modern State of Israel will be 72 years old and we thank Hashem for each and every one of those years! A true miracle in front of our eyes!!
14th of Iyar (May 8th) is Pesach Sheni. This is a special holiday for all those who were unable to bring the Korban Pesach on the 14th of Nissan. What an amazing opportunity it is for the State of Israel to reinstate this mitzvah and allow millions of Jews to do this mitzvah. Let’s daven that this happens!
18th of Iyar (May 12th) is Lag Ba’Omer. Once again, the celebrations will be much different since the usual pilgrimage of 600,000 people to Meron (the resting place of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai) will not take place. Nevertheless, we will rejoice on this day and make it a unique and special Lag Ba’Omer.
28th of Iyar (May 22nd) is Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) – the day that Hashem returned Jerusalem to us through his holy messengers – the heroic IDF fighters. This took place on the 3rd day of the “Six Day War” in 1967. We thank Hashem for liberating the eastern side of Jerusalem – including the holiest place on earth; Har Ha’Bayit (The Temple Mount). May we soon see the Bet Ha’Mikdash rebuilt on that very site! Can’t wait…