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Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut

by Shoshana Wagman

Commemorating Yom Hazikaron and then celebrating Yom Haatzmaut in MMY was a very emotional and inspirational 48 hours. Our program started on Sunday night with a special night Seder with Rabbi Haber which started off with the 2 minute siren, lighting a yahrtziet candle, saying Pirkei Tehillim and a Shiur.
The following morning Shaun Sacks spoke to us about the importance of having such a day and emotions we may encounter at Har Herzl, where we had the opportunity to wander around and learn people's stories and participate in the national ceremony which was directed towards the bereaved families.


As a result of all our commemorations we were able to really gain an appreciation for being able to live freely in Israel today, thanks to those who sacrificed their lives in order to make this dream come true. It was very inspiring to see so many people coming from many different walks of life, some affiliated Jews and some not , joining together for a similar purpose, to stand together in silence and say Kaddish together. After visiting Har Herzl, we were given another opportunity to tap into one fallen soldier's story by watching "A Hero in Heaven-The Story of Michael Levin" which again gave more appreciation for our soldiers and of our land of Israel.

To help with the transition between Yom Hazikaron and Yom Haatzmaut we then davened Maariv in Yeshivat Merkaz Harav, followed by a Seudat Mitzvah where we heard a dvar Torah from Rabbi Lerner and then had an awesome chagiga!!! The next day we went to Park Gilo where many of our amazingly devoted faculty joined us with their families for our school BBQ and to play sports! Having a Machanaim game against the Rabbis was definitely one of the highlights, especially because we always won!!!