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עַל־הַנִּסִּים לְיוֹם הָעַצְמָאוּת | Al haNissim for Yom ha-Atsma’ut, by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer

https://opensiddur.org/?p=55865 עַל־הַנִּסִּים לְיוֹם הָעַצְמָאוּת | Al haNissim for Yom ha-Atsma'ut, by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer 2024-05-13 08:56:38 This is an original Al haNissim paragraph for Yom ha-Atsma'ut, focusing on the actual reason for Zionism's necessity — European antisemitism. As I put it when I wrote the first draft of this paragraph, "Zionism was necessary because of the Europeans. The original enemy of Israel’s independence was the European nations who wanted us assimilated or dead. Israel was not declared independent from the Arab world, it was declared independent from Britain, and I think we should remember that on Yom ha-Atsma'ut." Text the Open Siddur Project Isaac Gantwerk Mayer Isaac Gantwerk Mayer https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Isaac Gantwerk Mayer https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ Yom ha-Atsma'ut (5 Iyyar) מדינת ישראל Medinat Yisrael על הנסים al hanissim Progressive Zionism 21st century C.E. 58th century A.M. מודים Modim
Many have attempted to write an Al haNissim paragraph for Yom ha-Atsma’ut. Considering that we say Al ha-Nissim on Ḥanukkah, the holiday closest thematically to Yom ha-Atsma’ut, it seems only appropriate. But a lot of these texts are somewhat unfulfilling for their own reasons. (Many, for instance, are too martial, focusing on the wars of independence that happened after the signing and using frankly problematic language equating the Arab nations to the Canaanites.)

This is an original Al haNissim paragraph for Yom ha-Atsma’ut, focusing on the actual reason for Zionism’s necessity — European antisemitism. As I put it when I wrote the first draft of this paragraph, “Zionism was necessary because of the Europeans. The original enemy of Israel’s independence was the European nations who wanted us assimilated or dead. Israel was not declared independent from the Arab world, it was declared independent from Britain, and I think we should remember that on Yom ha-Atsma’ut.”

Since Israel is a state for the entire Jewish people, the opening line includes both the Ashkenazi הַמִּלְחָמוֹת and the Sephardi הַנֶּחָמוֹת in its list.


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Source (Hebrew)Translation (English)
עַל־הַנִּסִּים
וְעַל־הַפֻּרְקָן
וְעַל־הַגְּבוּרוֹת
וְעַל־הַתְּשׁוּעוֹת
וְעַל־הַנִּפְלָאוֹת
וְעַל־הַמִּלְחָמוֹת
וְעַל־הַנֶּחָמוֹת
שֶׁעָשִֽׂיתָ לַאֲבוֹתֵֽינוּ
בַּיָּמִים הָהֵם
בַּזְּמַן הַזֶּה׃
For the miracles
and for the redemption
and for the mighty deeds
and for the rescues
and for the wonders
and for the battles
and for the consolations
that You did for our ancestors
in those days
at this time.
בִּימֵי חֲלוּצֵי צִיּוֹן
עָמְדוּ עֲלֵיהֶם בְּנֵי אֵירוֹפָּה
וּבִקְּשׁוּ שֶׁיִּשְׂרָאֵל
יֻטְמַע אוֹ יְהֹרַס,
יָמִיר אוֹ יוּמַת,
יְאַבֵּד אֶת־יִחוּדוֹ אוֹ יְאַבֵּד אֶת־חַיָּיו.
In the days of the pioneers of Zion,
the children of Europe stood against them
and sought that Israel
would be assimilated or be destroyed,
convert or die,
lose its distinctiveness or lose its life.
וְאַתָּה בְּרַחֲמֶֽיךָ הָרַבִּים
עוֹרַֽרְתָּ אֶת־לְבָבוֹת יִשְׂרָאֵל
לַחֲזֹר אֶל־אֶֽרֶץ אֲבוֹתֵֽינוּ
וְלָשׁוּב מֵאַדְמַת גָּלוּיוֹתֵֽנוּ
וְחִזַּקְתָּֽנוּ לְהִלָּחֵם עַל־חֵרוּתֵֽנוּ
לִהְיוֹת עַם חׇפְשִׁי בְּאַרְצֵֽנוּ.
And You in Your great mercy
awoke the hearts of Israel
to return to the land of our ancestors
and to return from the land of our exile,
and You strengthened us to fight for our liberty
to be a free people in our land.
וּכְשֵׁם שֶׁנִּקְבְּעוּ בִּימֵי הַמַּקָּבִים
לְהוֹדוֹת וּלְהַלֵּל עַל־עַצְמָאוּתֵֽנוּ
בְּאֶֽרֶץ זָבַת חָלָב וּדְבָשׁ
כֵּן עָלֵֽינוּ
לְהוֹדוֹת לְךָ וּלְהַלֶּלְךָ
בְּיוֹם הָעַצְמָאוּת הַזֶּה
וּלְבָרֵךְ אֶת־שִׁמְךָ
עַל־נִסֶּֽיךָ
וְעַל־נִפְלְאוֹתֶֽיךָ׃
And just as it was established in the days of the Maccabees
to thank and praise for our independence
in the land flowing with milk and honey,
so too it is upon us
to thank You and praise You
on this day of independence,
and bless Your name
for Your miracles
and for Your wonders.

 


 

 

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