Memory for a Purpose

Headshot of Rabbi Cheryl Peretz
by Rabbi Cheryl Peretz
posted on April 13, 2021
An Israeli soldier is killed in service to the country. A young woman is murdered in a terrorist attack. Tens of thousands of men, women and children have been killed in terrorist attacks in the Land of Israel since 1860, the year that the first Jewish settlers left the secure walls of Jerusalem to build new Jewish neighborhoods. For Israel, Remembrance Day, Yom HaZikaron, which is commemorated this week, is a day of collective and personal anguish mingled with honor for those whose lives have been taken. Read more...

On Yom Hazikaron: Honoring and Remembering Those Who Paid the Ultimate Price in Defense of Israel

Headshot of Elliot Dorff
by Rabbi Elliot Dorff, PhD
posted on April 24, 2020
I was only five years old when the State of Israel was established in 1948.  I was too young to recall any memories of that profound event in the Jewish people’s history—a centuries-old dream that had been realized at last. Despite my youth, the significance of this monumental event was never lost on me.  Growing up in the 1950s, my parents were deeply connected to Zionism. Read more...