Hundreds of Bonfires in Israel Despite National Ban

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Hundreds of haredi Orthodox residents of Jerusalem gathered for large bonfires on Monday night despite a national ban on such gatherings. Videos and photos from the Mea...

The Boyaner Rebbe’s Hadlakah for Lag B’Omer

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman Rabbi Yair Hoffman: Shalom Aleichem and thanks for the interview. Generally, Knesset members are very busy but with the coronavirus isolations, I imagine you have a...

No Bonfires for Lag B’Omer in Israel This Year

BY MARCY OSTER JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israelis will be prohibited from the traditional practice of lighting bonfires on Lag b’Omer. Lag b’Omer, which this year starts on Monday night and lasts for...

Fly-Bys, Flags on Rooftops Mark Israel’s Independence Day

Military jets flew in formation over Tel Aviv’s deserted parks and streets on Wednesday, cheered on from rooftops by flag-waving residents in face masks as Israel marked its Independence Day under...

Israeli Leaders Ring in Subdued Independence Day Celebrations

Israel kicked off festivities marking its 72nd Independence Day on Tuesday night with the traditional torch-lighting ceremony on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem. Due to coronavirus-related restrictions, the event was pre-recorded...

FIDF Offers Online Celebration of Yom Hazikaron, Yom Ha’Atzmaut

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) will host virtual celebrations of the birthday of the state of Israel. On Tuesday, April 28 at 2 p.m. EST, there will...

Israelis Sing ‘Hatikvah’ on Balconies at End of Memorial Day Ceremony

At the end of Monday night’s nationally-televised Memorial Day ceremony, many Israelis across the country went on to their balconies or porches and sang the national anthem, “Hatikvah.” The annual...

Matisyahu, Ben Platt to Appear on Virtual Independence Day Celebration

BY MARCY OSTER (JTA) — Matisyahu will perform and Joshua Malina and Ben Platt will make appearances at a virtual Israeli Independence Day celebration. The Jewish Agency for Israel will host the...

Some Bereaved Families Looking Forward to Quiet Memorial Day

By ANNA AHRONHEIM  for The Jerusalem Post For the first time since the founding of the state, military cemeteries will be quiet on Remembrance Day. Their gates shuttered, keeping thousands of...

Israel Plans Lockdown for Yom HaZikaron, Yom Ha’Atzmaut

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel will go into emergency lockdown on the country’s Memorial and Independence days in an effort to tamp down the coronavirus crisis, raising an outcry from...
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