Remembrance And Renewal-yom Ha'atzmaut (sicha) - ìæëåø åìùîåø-ùéçä ìéåí äòöîàåú
Group Size: 10-50
Estimated Time: 45 minutes
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The chanichim should leave the sicha understanding
(1) The power of Yom Ha’atzmaut – how all these different Jews came together to fight as an Am and why it was it was so important for the Jews in 1948 to have an independent Jewish State.
(2) The battle for Yom Ha’atzmaut applies to us today and we can only truly appreciate it when looking at it as part of a cycle of the hardships of Jewish History (Yom Hashoah and Yom HaZicaron).
Trigger: Pick 6 chanichim to play each of the following characters, and have them each present their story to the group. (You could bring signs with their names or cool costumes – Israeli army hat, American army hat, kippa sruga, kibbutznik hat, payot, an Israeli flag…etc).
Then divide the chanichim into groups and hand them the blurbs of the following characters and have them discuss the questions as small groups.
Dvir: Born in
Yechiel: Shtetl Jew who survived Treblinka, came on an illegal boat, wants to survive – he just got freedom and now the Arabs are trying to take it away.
Yonatan: Religious Zionist, who learns in Ateret Cohanim, wants to fight for a religious state, to bring the geulah.
Mark: Assimilated Jew, fought in WW2 for the Americans, saw the camps and now wants to fight for a cause he believes in – having a Jewish Homeland.
Leibel: Meah Sha’arim Yerushalmi Jew. Don’t believe in Zionism, but your house is under attack and under your rabbi’s orders, you’ve gone to help build trenches and do shmirah for your neighborhood under the local Palmach leader.
Merav: Grew up on one of the 1st kibbutzim in
- Which one of these people do you think helped the most in our achieving independence in 1948?
- To which do you think having independence and achieving a Jewish State made the biggest difference. Why? (For example – the Holocaust survivor because now he’s really free).
- Which would you se yourself as, if you were there fighting in 1948?
- What brought all these different people together to fight for the same country? What ideals did they all have in common?
Then bring the chanichim back together and have the chanichim read President Weizmann’s speech (attached below):
Sicha: How does this speech make you feel? What is its message about Jewish History? It sounds a lot like the Hagada, where we say that we all have to feel as if we too came out of
Do you think that this idea mentioned in the speech (of this collective experience of Jewish History) could have what brought everyone together? Or not?
What message does this speech have for us today? How can we take the lessons and inspirations of Yom Ha’atzmaut and of all the different people that fought, with us towards the future?
Finally explain to the chanichim that we see in this speech the hardships that we had to go through throughout Jewish History and especially towards 1948 in achieving the Jewish State. Ask the chanichim if any of them have ever been in
Conclusion: When we look at all the different types of Jews and all the different reason for which they fought in 1948, we can get ourselves inspired about Medinat
"It was fate that delivered me and my contemporaries into this great era when the Jews returned to re-establish their homeland...
"I am no longer a wandering Jew who migrates from country to country, from exile to exile. But all Jews in every generation must regard themselves as if they had been there in previous generations, places and events. Therefore, I am still a wandering Jew but not along the far flung paths of the world. Now I migrate through the expanses of time from generation to generation down the paths of memory...
"I was a slave in
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