From Israel's Day of Independence to Chag Ha'atzmaut

By Robbie Gringras

Makom: Renewing Israel Engagement, December 2007

Though Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) may be celebrated with enthusiasm and commitment, it is as yet unclear what it means, what form it should take, and how one might decide. There is a difficulty of knowing where the 'birth' is taking place, who is the parent waiting with open arms, and what creature is due to be born.

It is our intention in this paper to suggest a way of easing the delivery. We shall suggest the root causes of the struggle, that play out within Israel and in the Diaspora. In our analysis, in the description of the problem may lie the solution: we have not yet transformed Yom Ha'atzmaut from a State's Birthday Party into a festival of the Jewish People. We shall then play out a suggested route for developing such a Jewish festival of Independence, mapping out the 'genetic heritage' - the requisite form - of the new-born. Finally we shall offer some practical applications of this thinking.

Topic: Diaspora Relations, Israel-Diaspora Relations, Narrative, Statehood, Israeli Culture, Israel Attachment, Holidays, Zionism

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Coverage: Israel , United States

Language: English

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Gringras, Robbie. From Israel's Day of Independence to Chag Ha'atzmaut. Makom: Renewing Israel Engagement. December 2007: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=11145


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