Jewish Holidays
NEW HOLIDAYS



New Holidays of
Modern Judaism


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.

Yom Ha-Shoah

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.

Yom Ha-Zikkaron

Israeli Memorial Day, observed on Iyar 4, remembers those who died in the
War of Liberation and other wars in Israel.

Yom Ha-Atzmaut

Israeli Independence Day, marking the establishment of the modern state of
Israel in 1948. It is observed on the 5th of Iyar. 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 Messiah.

Yom Yerushalayim

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 this day.
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