Why Luach Torat Israel is Important
Luach Torat Israel is the first liturgical calendar published for North American Orthodox Jewry that recognizes and celebrates the founding and continued thriving of the State of Israel.
Along with Yom HaAtzmaut (Israel Independence Day) the Luach also recognizes and makes liturgical recommendations for Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism) and, Yom Yerushayim (Jerusalem Reunification Day). These three dates are not merely commemorations to be recognized in the State of Israel. Rather they are days that are of vital religious importance to our people.
Luach Torat Israel also recognizes days of importance on the U.S. and Canadian calendars - Remembrance Day, Memorial Day, Martin Luther King jr's Birthday, and other national holidays are noted with liturgical recommendations where appropriate.
Prayers for the state
The Luach also includes instructions for including the prayer for the Armed Forces, and governments of Israel and Canada or the United States as appropriate.
By using this luach in your community you affirm your relationship to the State and recognize those who have and do fight for it.