Because this is still a relatively new holiday, there is no deeply established tradition concerning how it is to be celebrated. There is, however, most definitely a theme to this day—unity in the celebration of a homeland restored after thousands of years of exile.


The formation of the modern state of Israel represents the most significant collective effort of the Jewish people of the modern age, bringing them the dignity and independence that they lacked for thousands of years. The very idea that this people and their culture survived for so long, enduring the worst of hardships, is miraculous, indeed.

 There is some level of controversy surrounding the holiday—reports of the mistreatment of the Palestinian people, during the Israeli fight for independence, who had resided in the land for centuries abound. This conflict between the two people continues to this day.

And so this holiday takes on a new level of meaning—it is a time for Israelis to consider the place of Israel in the world, and what their vision is for their country and people.

But whatever that place and purpose is, the reason for celebration is clear. The Jewish people have re-forged their home, and this wandering people can now finally rest.