On May 14, 1948, David Ben Gurion read Israel’s Declaration of Independence on a live national radio broadcast. That night, every Jewish man, woman, and child wept tears of joy, danced in the streets, and praised God for the miracle of the Jewish state’s rebirth as an independent nation after 2,500 years!
Sixty-six years later, despite being surrounded by hostile countries that have launched repeated attacks against them, Israel not only still exists but is thriving. Against overwhelming odds, the Jewish state endures.
The date of Israel’s Independence Day, Yom Ha’atzmaut in Hebrew, is fixed to the 5th of Iyar according to the Jewish calendar. It immediately follows Israel’s Memorial Day, which signifies the Israeli consciousness of how their freedom is tied to the sacrifice of their soldiers. Most people have the day off from work, so families take advantage of the holiday to go on special camping trips and host family barbeques. Parades, ceremonies, folk dancing and patriotic songs are just some of the festivities that take place all across the country.
If you would like to send a special Independence Day message to Israel, please sign the card on our Facebook page here.