Yom HaAtzma’ut Israel Independence Day יום העצמאות

Yom HaAtzma’ut Israel Independence Day יום העצמאות
  Happy Independence Day, Israel! Much celebration, going from the solemn remembrance of Yom HaZikaron to the exuberant joy of Yom HaAtzma’ut! L’Chaim!

When is Yom HaAtzma’ut
  It is on the 5th day of the Jewish month of Iyar, immediately following Yom HaZikaron, unless the days would be on Shabbat.

What We are Celebrating on This Day
  In 1948, Jewish survivors of Yom HaShoah, the Holocaust, from Europe, along with Israeli born Jews, other Jews from around the world, and a few friends, won the intense fight for Israel’s independence. Brave men and women, despite not having much of a chance to recover from the terrors of the preceding years due to the nazis’ murderous regime, had victory over enemies. This the Israelis did with the Creator’s help. Not everyone acknowledged this fact, but true it was, just the same. Determination, resourcefulness, much hard work were needed to win the war for independence and maintaining a free country. Especially prayer and faith (אמונה emunah) in the Creator were needed, which is also true today.

How Yom HaAtzma’ut is Celebrated
  Songs, good food, joy, singing, enjoying these things together with family and friends and most of all, praising HaShem.

  The Israeli Flag, which had been half-mast for Yom HaZikaron, is raised and once again flying at full mast.

  In the US, some ceremonies take place for Yom HaZikaron right before the start of Yom HaAtzma’ut.

Who Celebrates the Holiday
  Aliyah means to go up, to return to the land of our ancestors, Eretz Yisrael. Jews in Israel, either born there or having made Aliyah, and all around the world, celebrate this joyous victory and look forward to future miracles HaShem will do for Yisrael. It’s exciting, because it’s not just a maybe or could be, but a definite thing.

  Anyone, Jew or Gentile, from any country, speaking any language, who loves Israel is free to celebrate!

The Significance of Sad Before Joy
  As at Pesach when we have מרור Maror, the bitter herb, representing our ancestors’ slavery with the sweetness of freedom, represented by חרוסת Charoset, tears of sadness can be changed into tears of joy. Only with HaShem can true eternal freedom take place in our very souls when we ask Him for it. We need to hang tight onto emuna in Him, in sad and happy times. He is always faithful even when we can’t always see His ways as clearly as we could, unless we look to Him. One of the ways those of us who believe in Yeshua HaMashiach as the Promised One of Yisrael can know that He has already come once, is the return of more Jews to Eretz Yisrael and the fulfillment of prophecies when Israel reclaimed the land in 1948.

  The Israeli National Anthem, התקווה “HaTikvah”, Hebrew for The Hope, speaks eloquently about the Jewish soul and that Hope that sings to us from our hearts every day. Some may try to silence or stifle it, but it is always there. I love this song very much and I love Israel so very much. Here is a beautiful rendition of HaTikvah by Seymour Silbermintz.

2 Chronicles Chapter 7 דִּבְרֵי הַיָּמִים ב
יד וְיִכָּנְעוּ עַמִּי אֲשֶׁר נִקְרָא-שְׁמִי עֲלֵיהֶם, וְיִתְפַּלְלוּ וִיבַקְשׁוּ פָנַי, וְיָשֻׁבוּ, מִדַּרְכֵיהֶם הָרָעִים–וַאֲנִי, אֶשְׁמַע מִן-הַשָּׁמַיִם, וְאֶסְלַח לְחַטָּאתָם, וְאֶרְפָּא אֶת-אַרְצָם.
14 if My people, upon whom My name is called, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Am Yisrael Chai! The Jewish People Live!

Yom HaZikaron Israeli Memorial Day יום הזכרון לחללי מערכות ישראל ולנפגעי פעולות האיבה

Yom HaZikaron Israeli Memorial Day
יום הזכרון לחללי מערכות ישראל ולנפגעי פעולות האיבה
Israeli Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism Remembrance Day

  This blog entry is to honor and to remember all the brave men and women who have held onto the hope of Eretz Yisrael, Hebrew for the Land of Israel, and shalom while battling Israel’s enemies, having their lives on Earth ended abruptly while protecting and defending Israel. May each one who has fought and will fight, be appreciated. For the families and friends, there is a need for comfort daily. Our tears are seen by the Holy One of Israel. A blog post isn’t enough to say todah rabah (thank you very much). I carry my thanks with me as I try to show it as well.

History of Remembrance Day
  Yom HaZikaron always is the day before Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israeli Indepedence Day, on the 4th of Iyar (unless that is on Shabbat).
  In 1948, the modern, Jewish State of Israel was renewed, always there, but reclaimed. Yom Ha’Atzmaut held the joy of independence, but also the sadness and heartbreak for family and friends of those killed in the line of duty, so an additional day was needed to be set aside for remembering and honoring those who’d died. David Ben-Gurion (Minister of Defense) in 1951 helped bring about a “General Memorial Day for the Heroes of the War of Independence”. The Knesset (Israeli government) created the official law for it in 1963 called Heroes Remembrance Day (War of Independence and Israel Defense Army) Law. It was amended to Memorial Day for the Fallen of Israel’s Wars in 1980.

The מנהג Minhag (Traditions) of Yom HaZikaron
  Pretty much everything in Israel closes for the day. The Israeli flag is flown at half mast. Like for Yom HaShoah, sirens can be heard through Eretz Yisrael twice, starting with the beginning of Yom HaZikaron and right before prayer in the military ceremonies. There is a complete two minute stop for everything as the siren sounds. Thoughts are on those who died for Israel to be free and safe, for the reality of the national anthem, HaTikvah (The Hope). In Israel, there are military ceremonies, prayers at the Western Wall on the Temple Mount, speeches, wreath-laying, a military cantor sings “El Maleh Rachamim”, and military gun salutes. It is solemn, respectful, and honorable. In the US, and some other countries, there are ceremonies, too, varying in size. Wherever someone is remembering, in Israel, in the USA, wherever, at a ceremony, at home, tears, thoughts, and prayers flow silently in many hearts, all over the world, this day as we honor those who’ve died in defense of Israel. Just typing this I’m having a hard time. Faces, names, mitzvot done by those brave and courageous to risk it all. That is not to forget those who have survived, many because of the actions of those we honor today.

Who We Honor on Yom HaZikaron
  Those who’ve died in the defense of Israel, of Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), soldiers, police, border guards, General Security Service, Mossad, and the murder victims killed by our enemies.
  We know the names of many, but this day also recognizes and remembers the unknown names of the People who have been killed in the defense of Israel and her People, who aren’t known to us. They aren’t unknown to HaShem. He knows.
  Each one is special, each one is known by the Creator, each one Yeshua (Jesus) died for. We who believe and those who don’t, all are one in our grief, but also in our hope of a better tomorrow.
  May their memories be for a blessing.

My Thoughts and Thanks
for those who defended Israel with everything they had.
I often write a poem in honor of the brave souls. Here is my newest one.

Todah Rabah
All through the years,
those who’ve been murdered
taken away by the enemy,
some in Israel, some across the world
far or near, those killed in numbers
or seemingly all alone,
the enemy tried to blow out their light
but it flickers on in the Hope
never truly extinguished, even on Earth
as we, who are here, keep the flame
it glows in our words, in our mitzvot,
and especially
in our prayers to the Holy One of Yisrael
When we say, todah rabah,
it means so much more
than those two words alone.
For they are not words alone
but together, each one of us,
we are together.
We don’t know all the details of the past
or even of the present, nor of the future
but we know the One and that He knows.
Forever, He is the same, Past, Present, and Future.

  I pray for each person who fights and defends Eretz Yisrael, protecting the People, the Land. Freedom, protection, and safety are all blessings from the Holy One of Israel – He is the King of the Universe. The dangers and horrors that are faced – truly our survival is by the grace, mercy, and power of HaShem. Todah rabah.

~ Chaya חיה

Psalms Chapter 126 תְּהִלִּים

בְּשׁוּב יְהוָה, אֶת-שִׁיבַת צִיּוֹן– הָיִינוּ, כְּחֹלְמִים. 1 A Song of Ascents.
When the LORD brought back those that returned to Zion, we were like unto them that dream.
ב אָז יִמָּלֵא שְׂחוֹק, פִּינוּ– וּלְשׁוֹנֵנוּ רִנָּה:
אָז, יֹאמְרוּ בַגּוֹיִם– הִגְדִּיל יְהוָה, לַעֲשׂוֹת עִם-אֵלֶּה. 2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing;
then said they among the nations: ‘The LORD hath done great things with these.’
ג הִגְדִּיל יְהוָה, לַעֲשׂוֹת עִמָּנוּ– הָיִינוּ שְׂמֵחִים. 3 The LORD hath done great things with us; we are rejoiced.
ד שׁוּבָה יְהוָה, אֶת-שבותנו (שְׁבִיתֵנוּ)– כַּאֲפִיקִים בַּנֶּגֶב. 4 Turn our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the dry land.
ה הַזֹּרְעִים בְּדִמְעָה– בְּרִנָּה יִקְצֹרוּ. 5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
ו הָלוֹךְ יֵלֵךְ, וּבָכֹה– נֹשֵׂא מֶשֶׁךְ-הַזָּרַע:
בֹּא-יָבֹא בְרִנָּה– נֹשֵׂא, אֲלֻמֹּתָיו. 6 Though he goeth on his way weeping that beareth the measure of seed,
he shall come home with joy, bearing his sheaves.

For Yom HaShoah יום השואה, For Every Day – Fighting Anti-Semitism: What It Is, What It Isn’t and How to Defeat It

Yom HaShoah, יום השואה, is Holocaust Remembrance Day. The word Shoah in Hebrew is used to refer to catastrophe, destruction and Yom is the Hebrew word for day. It’s observed on the 27th of Nisan (except for years when that date is on a Friday then it is on the 26th). Every year on Yom HaShoah sirens in Israel wail at 10am as Israeli’s and Jews around the world, along with righteous Gentiles, stop what they are doing for two minutes while everyone pays respect and gives remembrance for the six million Jews murdered by the nazis. In Israel, every vehicle stops, people get out of their cars and stand. Wherever a person is at, school, business, restaurants, etc., activity is stopped for those two minutes. It is an emotional and powerful statement.

I felt that I should write about how to fight anti-Semitism and that Yom HaShoah would be the right time to publish it as we say “never again”.

What is Anti-Semitism?

Anti-Semitism, Anti-Jewish, Anti-Israel, Anti-Zionist = all are Anti-Semitic. In order to recognize actual anti-Semitism, it’s important to know what it is. When someone, an individual or an organization, says or does something in hate solely because a person is Jewish, that’s anti-Semitism. Attacking, verbally or physically, a person because he wears a kippah/yarmulke, tzitzit, or she wears a Star of David. It doesn’t matter whether someone practices Judaism, or if a person’s mother and father are both Jewish, or one of them, the nazis killed anyone with a Jewish grandparent regardless of their religion.

Threatening Jews or Israel with violence is anti-Semitic.

Actually hurting or killing someone because that person is Jewish is anti-Semitic.

Not recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is anti-Semitic. As is leaving it off of a map.

BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions), the attempt of certain individuals, groups, organizations, including some religious ones, to boycott Israeli products, is anti-Semitic.

Calling Israel false names and making false accusations is anti-Semitic.

Not recognizing Israel’s right to exist is anti-Semitic.

Opposing and attempting to stop Israel from defending the People and the land of Israel, Eretz Yisrael – that is also anti-Semitic.

Creating policy or laws that infringe on religious freedom rights, including Biblical male circumcision, is anti-Semitic.

Denying access to restaurants, sport events, etc., because someone is Jewish, is anti-Semitic.

Targeting and segregating any Jewish individuals, groups, or synagogues in order to blatantly or secretly persecute and enforce alleged public policy or guidelines, which infringes on personal, religious, and traditional rights, for any reason, including under the guise of so-called safety and health, is anti-Semitic. It’s also wrong to do that to righteous Gentiles.

Any media, organizations, politicians, professors, colleges, authors, online “personalities”, celebrities, etc. attacking and targeting Jewish and Gentile students who support Israel are anti-Semitic.

Denying that the Holocaust happened is anti-Semitic.

Theft, vandalism, or assault directed at an individual or house of worship for being Jewish, is anti-Semitic.

It is anti-Semitic to intentionally and falsely accuse someone (Jew or Gentile) of being anti-Semitic – that is done in an attempt to cause division and hurt among Jews and Gentiles actually opposing anti-Semitism. We need to stand together, speak up for each other, to recognize by what people say and do whether or not someone is anti-Semitic, so that haters don’t succeed.

Is it possible for a Jew to be anti-Semitic?
Yes, sadly. It’s a shanda, without a doubt. A shanda is something shameful another Jew says or does in front of a Gentile.

What Anti-Semitism Isn’t:

Everyone is human. That is an irrefutable fact. So anyone can do right or wrong – it is up to each person to decide their own actions, beliefs, words, and thoughts, whether Jew or Gentile. If someone does or says something incorrect, it’s not anti-Semitism to disagree – only when adding on disparaging, incorrect, rude remarks about the individual’s Jewish ethnicity. When it is generalized that all Jews are in agreement with whomever is saying or doing something wrong is also anti-Semitic.

Not everyone claiming to be against anti-Semitism actually is. You can tell by a person’s, or organizations’, words and actions on whether they truly are or not. It’s good not to form opinions based only on unprovable claims or accusations that someone said or did something. It’s usually fairly easy to check it out and is worth the effort. I don’t want to assume someone is a jerk due to what a rival of theirs says.

How to Defeat Anti-Semitism…

…is with HaShem’s (the Creator’s) help by vigilant prayer, diligence, courage and research to empower everyone in what’s right.

Who should speak up and stand up against anti-Semitism?
Jews and Gentiles who care about the truth, about people, about Israel, and most of all, about the King of the Universe. Yeshua (Jesus) is Jewish and saying false, evil things against Him because He is Jewish is anti-Semitic.

Some anti-Semites are scary, hate-filled, violent individuals. Some are just ignorant.

Anti-Semitism is a true danger that needs to be responded to with informed strength when refuting errors, false accusations, and lies.

Research a thing so that you can speak knowledgeably about the truth in order to refute misconceptions and outright lies. Be careful who you believe and listen to. Also keep in mind, sometimes a person is just misinformed and is unintentionally spreading incorrect data. Pray about it and ask the Creator to direct you to the truth. Israel does so many wonderful things for all of humanity all over the world. It’s not that hard to look into a claim or accusation by those who hate Israel and find that it’s untrue.

It’s not wrong to be a Jew and it’s not wrong to be a Gentile. Everyone is special. We’re all God’s children – Jew and Gentile.

Thank you to each person who stands up and speaks up against anti-Semitism to help keep HaShoah from ever happening again. Never again.

In my heart, every day, I keep in remembrance of the six million Jews who were murdered, as well as the righteous Gentiles who were murdered for opposing the persecution and murder of their Jewish neighbors and fellow citizens. My tears mingle with hope and prayer that it will never happen again. Anti-Semitism is ultimately against the Holy One of Israel, the Creator of all, because anyone truly telling the history and existence of Israel and Her People cannot help but see HaShem’s faithfulness and promises. Our story is still being written, but, past, present, and future, the ultimate victory and freedom has already been secured by Yeshua. Baruch HaShem.