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Independence Day Links and Videos

In honor of Israel's 63rd Independence Day this coming Tuesday, Jacob Richman has compiled large lists of Israel sites and videos.
By Hillel Fendel
First Publish: 5/5/2011, 12:55 PM / Last Update: 5/5/2011, 12:52 PM

Israeli flag at the Western Wall

Israel’s 63rd Independence Day will be celebrated this year on Tuesday, May 10, 2011.

In honor of the occasion, veteran Internet materials collator and provider Jacob Richman of Maaleh Adumim has compiled 118 links regarding all aspects of Israel. He says they range from “history and tourism to photographs and stamps.”

The links point to sites on diverse topics such as a Jewish Trivia Quiz (200 questions about Israel), Torah Audio Classes on Israel Independence, My Jewish Coloring Book, Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook, Places in Israel, Zionism Timeline, Israel National Photo Collection, Aliyah, and many more.

The list of links can be found here

In addition, Richman has gathered links to 135 YouTube videos having to do with Israel, clickable at this site. They include films of historic importance, such as the UN vote on partition, as well as movies showing unique and valuable Israeli inventions used around the world.

Other topics on the video list are: Israel Now and Then (Mark Twain's 1860 visit versus today); Women in the IDF; Aliyah; Our Future Water; and many more.

Though David Ben-Gurion actually declared Israel’s independence on Friday, the 5th of Iyar, 5708 (May 14, 1948), Independence Day will be celebrated this year on Tuesday, the 6th of Iyar. This is because the holiday is always preceded by Memorial Day for Israel’s fallen soldiers; if Independence Day were to be commemorated on Monday the 5th, Memorial Day would have to be on Sunday, which means that ceremonies would begin on Saturday night – thus likely bringing about a desecration of the Sabbath, which is forbidden by Jewish Law and (in the case of public, official desecration) Israeli law.