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Shabbat Parshat Kedoshim 5779

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Yom Ha’atzmaut – What Does it Mean?

Adapted from Rabbi Braun’s sermon in 5776

There are many reasons to celebrate Yom Haatzmaut – Israel’s Independence Day.

We celebrate once again seeing God’s hand in history. We have a place for Jews to live with the ability to control our own fate and an army do defend ourselves. We anticipate redemption. 

This year I want to highlight another aspect, one which we don’t always associate with Yom Ha’atzmaut and one that has interesting applications for the value of living in Israel.

There is a fascinating book written by Rav Shaul yisraeli, who was the Rosh Yeshiva of Merkaz Harav entitled Zeh Hayom Asah Hashem – “this is the day that God did for me”. The book contains his derashot from Yom hazikaron, Yom Ha’atzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim. The earlier derashot from the late 1940’s obviously focus on the miracle of the state and its challenges etc. Continue reading

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