Why Israel's Memorial Day Turns into Its Independence Day

And why this week’s Torah portion fits into the spirit of both days.

Photo by Ari Bronstein/Flickr.

Photo by Ari Bronstein/Flickr.

Atar Hadari
Observation
April 21 2015
About the author

Atar Hadari’s Songs from Bialik: Selected Poems of H. N. Bialik (Syracuse University Press) was a finalist for the American Literary Translators’ Association Award. His Lives of the Dead: Poems of Hanoch Levin earned a PEN Translates award and was released in 2019 by Arc Publications. He was ordained by Rabbi Daniel Landes and is completing a PhD on William Tyndale’s translation of Deuteronomy.


But the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying: As you come to the land of Canaan Which I’m giving you as your estate And I put a plague of leprosy in a house On the land of your estate, Let him who owns the house come and tell the priest, saying: Something like a plague has appeared to me in my house. And the priest will command them to clear the house Before the priest comes to view the plague So that everything in the house won’t be contaminated. And then the priest will come to view the house.

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