The 17th day of the Omer has arrived and it has brought with it the second of our four nationalist in-the-middle-of-the-Omer holidays, Yom Hazikaron, Israeli Memorial Day.
Yesterday, Ultimate DovBear brought us a guest post by Rafi G. about the troubling Charedi response to holidays like Yom Hazikaron.
Let us imagine that Shas, or another Haredi party, took over the government and was the ruling party. Let’s say they decided to change the rules and say that the way to commemorate Yom Ha’Zikaron (and Yom Ha’Shoah) was not to stand for a moment of silence, but to go to the nearest shul and say Kaddish for the memory of your fallen relatives/friends.
Imagine that scenario. He asked Dekel what would your reaction, as a secular Jew, be?
Dekel’s response was that no way would that be acceptable. Religious coercion and the like.
Levi turned that around and said that it is the same thing but the other way. The Haredim have their own way of commemorating their fallen. And they also have people who died in wars or terror or the Shoah, and they too commemorate them, in their preferred methods. So it does not include standing still, rather it includes tehillim or kaddish or something else.
The rest of Rafi G.’s post is here.