Every year, during the morning hours of Yom HaAtzmaut, families, neighbors, friends, and communities gather for a celebratory ceremony which includes a festive reading of the Declaration of Independence, a “Kiddush,” and a celebratory toast. We suggest you read the Declaration to the tune of the Haftarah reading, as a contemporary echo to the traditional readings of Jews on holidays. We recommend dividing it into sections between the different participants and closing by singing HaTikvah, the national anthem. The ceremony is usually about half an hour.
Would you like to plan your own reading ceremony?
Want to get inspired and join an international live-streamed reading ceremony from the Western Wall in Jerusalem, with simultaneous translation into multiple languages?
For more information about the rationale behind this new ritual, read the following piece by Keren Apfelbaum-Riff:
This ritual has been created and promoted by the Israeli Israeli Days of Gratitude initiative, which was founded
by alumni of Beit Prat- Israeli Midrasha. We are grateful for their inspiration and partnership.