A few minor holidays have been added to the calendar to commemorate various
significant events relating to the Holocaust and the modern state of
Israel. All of these holidays occur in the
period between Passover and
Shavu'ot. These holidays are not universally
acknowledged, the dates are not entirely agreed upon, and the observances
are not yet standardized. Nevertheless, they are worth noting.
Also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day, this holiday occurs on the 27th
of Nissan. "Shoah" is the Hebrew word for the
Holocaust. This is a memorial day for those who died in the Holocaust.
Israeli Memorial Day, observed on Iyar 4, remembers
those who died in the War of Liberation and other wars in Israel.
Israeli Independence Day, marking the establishment of the modern state of
Israel in 1948. It is observed on the 5th of
Iyar. Click the speaker to hear the Israeli national
anthem, Hatikvah. According to some views, the restrictions of the
Omer period are lifted for this day. A few
anti-Zionist Jews observe this day as a day of mourning for the sin of
proclaiming the state of Israel without the
The 28th day of Iyar commemorates the reunification
of the city of Jerusalem in Israeli hands. According to some views, the
restrictions of the Omer period are lifted for
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