An English E-Newsletter for Yeshivat Har Etzion
Yom HaZikaron / Yom HaAtzmaut
Reflections on Remembrance
- by Simeon Botwinick, Shana Aleph Talmid
This past week I celebrated my first ever Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha'atzmaut.
"Now wait a minute, Simeon," I hear a little voice
piping up. "These aren't new holidays. You've celebrated them plenty of
times before in
"But that's just where you're wrong, little voice," I reply. "I haven't."
What the little voice doesn't, and can't possibly
understand, is that these two days in
On Yom HaZikaron, Cheryl Mandel, an
Alon Shevut resident originally from
As this day of intense emotion concluded, the entire country switched over to one of intense joy. Yom Ha'atzmaut began at yeshiva with a seudat mitzvah and chagiga that lasted well into the night. The next day, students set out on tiyulim to various locations, including hiking up mountains, exploring historical cities, and visiting natural springs. In the afternoon, all the various tiyulim of the yeshiva joined together in a national park in Derom Har Chevron for a massive barbecue. Not to neglect our learning, the day ended back at yeshiva with night seder, followed (with relief by all) by sleep.
can write about what I did, but I can't quite explain to the little voice
just what it was I felt. It was a two-day period in which the country
reached the depths of sadness and the heights of exultation. There were
speeches and barbecues and singing and dancing, but, most
importantly, there was a feeling that pervaded all, a feeling of joy and
pride to be a Jew in