Here is an interview of me by Rabbi Yonatan from the RRG Beit Midrash at Hebrew University in which we reflect on Israel Independence day from the historical and spiritual perspectives. If you want some insight into the potential depth of this day, and how the strange circumstances of this pandemic year actually offer us a unique opportunity, then tune in. Chag atzmaut sameach!

Start the pre-party of Israel’s 72nd independence!! First, Malkah Fleisher joins Rabbi Yishai Fleisher to talk about Yom HaAtzmaut under Coronavirus. Then British war hero, Colonel Richard Kemp on the great men who gave birth to international recognition of Jewish rights in the Land of Israel. Then, Rav Mike Feuer on biblical skin lesions and on receiving the State of Israel on the “silver platter” of self-sacrifice.

Yishai returns from a great trip in Boston, New York, Los Angeles & San Diego – just in time for Israel’s Memorial and Independence Day. Malkah Fleisher joins to remember the loss and celebrate the gift. Then, Yishai speaks with the heroic Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein of Chabad of Poway.

There is no word for independence in Biblical Hebrew, and the roots of the modern word can teach us much. This might be called the day when we celebrate ‘self-actualization,’ but that leaves poses the question – how do we actually become a great nation in our land?

Rabbis Ari Abramowitz & Jeremy Gimpel share their insights, stories, Torahs and perspectives connecting the dots between the modern struggles of Israel and the nations, Holocaust Memorial Day, and the transformation happening around the world.

For the first time, Rabbi Yishai is… overwhelmed. The power, majesty, and beauty of Israel’s 70th birthday is just too much!! Rabbi Mike Feuer joins the show to help transition between the bereavement of Memorial Day to the redemptive Independence Day. Then Yishai teaches leadership Torah at the Knesset. And finally, Rabbi Tuly Weiss talks about putting out the incredible new Israel Bible

Ari and Jeremy have made the greatest video for this special day Yom HaAtzmaut – Israel Independence Day!!!

Rabbi Jeremy Gimpel presents the historic untold story of Israel’s monumental declaration of Independence. See prophecy and destiny unfold in this dramatic inspiring short film as we celebrate Israel’s 70th anniversary.  This video was produced by the Mizrachi World Movement.

The national existence of the Jewish people revolves around the question – what is an Am. In this special Independence Day episode, Rav Mike takes a look at the history and theology behind Jewish national embodiment.

Rabbis Ari Abramowitz and Jeremy Gimpel share an insiders experience of the most intense time of the Hebrew Year. Tune in to hear the roller-coaster of emotions that take Israelis from the graves of their loved ones to celebrating the happiest national celebration, when Israel won her independence again!

Rabbanit Chana Henkin is Founder and Dean of Nishmat, The Jeannie Schottenstein Center for Advanced Torah Study for Women.  She and her husband Rabbi Yehuda Henkin forged the way for the ‘yoetzot Halacha’  (learned women giving advice on Jewish law) and completely  raised the level of women’s involvement and influence in all areas of Jewish life. The State of Israel recognized her extraordinary contribution by choosing her to light one of the torches to open celebrations of our 69th Independence Day this week.
But first comes Memorial Day, when we commemorate our fallen, including her brilliant son Rabbi Eitam and his wife Na’ama, murdered by terrorists in front of their 4 young children 19 months ago. She explains to Eve that her faith was not affected, but the pain and loss is palpable. As with all births, modern Israel is great suffering mixed with incalculable joy and many miracles.
May Hashem give His people strength and bless us with peace.
ה׳ עוז לעמו יתן; ה׳ יברך את עמו בשלום
A great woman.  The matriarchs would be proud.