What the Zionist Holidays Reveal about the Religious Significance of Israel’s Rebirth

Since its creation, the Jewish state has added two new days of rejoicing to the Jewish calendar: Yom Ha-Atsma’ut, Israel’s independence day (celebrated yesterday), and Yom Yerushalayim, which falls this year on June 2 and celebrates the liberation of Jerusalem’s Old City in the 1967 war. Placing these holidays in the context of both the drama of 20th-century Jewish history and the rhythms of the Jewish year, Meir Soloveichik explores their theological and national significance. (Video, 33 minutes.)

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More about: Israel & Zionism, Israeli Independence Day, Jerusalem, Six-Day War

Israeli Sovereignty Would Free Residents of the West Bank from Ottoman Law

To its opponents, the change in the legal status of certain areas of Judea and Samaria is “annexation;” to its proponents, it is the “extension of sovereignty” or the “application of Israeli law.” Naomi Khan argues that the last term best captures the practical implications of the measures in question. Since the Six-Day War, the Jewish state has continued to uphold the Ottoman legal system in areas of the West Bank under its jurisdiction—despite the fact that the Ottoman empire ceased to exist in 1922; “annexation” would end this situation. Setting aside the usual questions of foreign policy, security, and the possibility of Palestinian statehood, Khan argues that this change would be the one most felt by those who live there:

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More about: Annexation, Israeli law, Ottoman Empire, Palestinian Authority, West Bank