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This week and next are loaded with טְקָסִים (teh-kah-SEEM) - ceremonies - here in Israel: for יוֹם הַשּׁוֹאָה (yohm hah-shoh-AH) - Holocaust (Remembrance) Day this past Monday and for יוֹם הַזִּכּרוֹן (yohm hah-zee-kah-ROHN) - Memorial Day (for the soldiers and victims of terror).
Immediately following יום הזכרון is יוֹם הָעַצְמָאוּת (yohm hah-ahts-mah-OOT), Independence Day. The sequence (a very Jewish one - you'll find it all over the calendar in the holidays) is from somberness to joy - מִיָּגוֹן לְשִׂמְחָה (mee-yah-GOHN leh-seem-KHAH).
The Hebrew word טֶקֶס (TEH-kes) actually comes from the Greek ταξις (TAHK-sis), meaning order.
I'll be holding my own little טקס today at noon Israel time on my radio show, where I'll be introducing Israeli classics in a thematic sequence starting with יום השואה, continuing to יום הזכרון and ending off on the high of יום העצמאות.
To tune in, just go to rustymike.com at noon. Hope to connect with you then!
And if you miss the show today, you can hear a rebroadcast on Sunday at 2pm.