Yitzchak Rabin Memorial Day

October 28th 2017

Among the many leaders of Israel, few are remembered as strongly as Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin. A military hero, powerful politician, and builder of the State of Israel, Rabin did a tremendous amount for the people and country of Israel within his short life.

The official date of the memorial is the Hebrew date of his untimely death, the 12th of Heshvan. This year, the anniversary of his death will be commemorated on the first of November, and several ceremonies and celebrations will be held in Rabin’s honor. Here are a few of the events you can take part in if you’re feeling particularly Zionistic for the day.

Celebrating Within the Atmosphere of the Day

Because Rabin was taken in such an unfortunate manner, many public institutions specifically emphasize programs that promote peace. Other events focus on themes such as strong leadership, empowering youths, democracy, and building Israel.

Ceremony at the Knesset

If you haven’t visited Israel’s parliament yet, now is a great opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. Sit in on a special meeting of the Parliament commemorating Rabin’s service to the country, and then take a tour of the Knesset building while you’re there to learn even more about the state of Israel, its government, and how a democracy runs.

Memorial at Rabin Square

Thousands of citizens join together at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, the site of the sad assassination, to remember Yitzchak Rabin and commemorate his life and achievements. The group forms a peace rally to promote the idea of peaceful relations and discourage terror, and other hate inspired activities.

Candle Lighting Ceremony

Jews are known to light candles as a remembrance and ascension for the souls of their dearly departed. Israel displays this custom with a public candle-lighting ceremony, led by the president himself. The ceremony takes place at the President’s Residence.

The State Memorial Ceremony

Additionally, you can join the country in remembering Rabin by taking part in the public memorial ceremony held at the Mt. Herzl Military Cemetery. Mt. Herzl is a prominent location for military ceremonies, and a large and respectful procession commemorates this sad day.

And, don’t forget to visit the Palmach Museum for an inside look at some of the pillars of the country that Rabin helped to construct and the Rabin Center at the Israel Museum.