Yom Ha'Atzmaut 2021

A Look Back at Yom Ha’Atzmaut in the US

by: Talia Goldberg, Shlicha

This past week has been difficult for me. The week when Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day, and Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, happen are always trying times for Israelis. These two days make me miss Israel more than ever. I was seeking family and friend support during these days. It feels like only Israelis understand the pain on Memorial Day and the happiness and celebration of Independence Day and the crazy switch between them.

Even though Independence Day celebrations in Israel are similar to the celebrations in the United States, it still feels like the “avira” (atmosphere) that Israelis are so good at creating isn't there. So I see Israelis trying to do it themselves, trying to create that avira that Israelis create which looks like non-stop chatter and silly string spraying everywhere!

But the thing I miss the most about Israel Independence Day in Israel is the family gathering. Every year, my dad decides to host the whole family. Our family seems to grow by at least 10 people every year leaving my parents to host over 100 people! I am sure that soon we will be over 200 people which to me is pretty exciting! Israeli Independence Day is the only time of year all of us get together since we really are a big tribe. It's super cool to me to see all the colors of the Israeli diverse rainbow of people come together and just be a family. Normally, we would disagree about everything from politics to religion and almost anything you can think to argue about. But my family somehow all knows how to put that away and just be a family on Independence Day and that is pretty beautiful to be a part of.

So happy Yom Ha’Atzmaut to everyone and may we always know how to find our similarities over our differences and be one big happy family.