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Happy Independence Day?

April 25, 2012
Happy Independence Day?

Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day starts tonight, Wednesday April 25, 2012. Just like in America, Independence Day is patriotic holiday, filled with fireworks, crowded highways, Air Force flyovers, and, of course, barbeques and self-congratulatory speeches from politicians. Israel has a lot to proud of. We are the cradle of monotheism, the place where the...
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Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day) in Israel and America

May 9, 2011
Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day) in Israel and America

  Memorial Day (Yom Hazikaron) is a very different experience in Israel than in America.  In America, Memorial Day is a time to remember soldiers who died thousands of miles away, defending “liberty” or “America’s strategic interests.”  The photo at left is of a memorial I passed on my morning run today; it is dedicated to...
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Yom Hazikaron — Israel’s Memorial Day

April 28, 2009

Today at 11am I heard a siren go off. I hurriedly finished a phone call, opened my window so I could hear the siren better, and stood at silent attention.  From my office window on the 16th floor of the Technology Park in Jerusalem I could see  that traffic on the roads below had...
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