Mourning to Create Lives of Meaning: Israeli Memorial Days and Sefirat Ha'omer

Given that they all fall during Sefirat Ha’omer, what is the significance of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day for Jews in Israel and the Diaspora alike?

As a religious Israeli, the celebration of the three national holidays – “Yom Hashoah Vehagvurah” (Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Day, otherwise known as Holocaust Remembrance Day), “Yom Hazikaron” (Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of hostile activity), and “Yom Ha’atzmaut” (Independence Day) within the period of our Jewish calendar, Sefirat Ha’omer (Sefira),...