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Yom Hashoah

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This is the day on which the Jews remember the Holocaust.

The name comes from the Hebrew word 'shoah', meaning 'whirlwind'. 

Yom Hashoah has been a legal religious day in Israel since 1959. 


The date is also the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. 

Candles are lit for Holocaust victims, and survivors tell their stories.  Religious ceremonies include prayers such as Kaddish for the dead and the El Maleh Rahamim, a memorial prayer.  Memorial events are held throughout the country, and national ceremonies are held at Yad Vashem, the Jewish people's memorial to the murdered Six Million, in Jerusalem.  

On the morning of Yom Hashoah a siren is sounded for 2 minutes throughout Israel in remembrance of those killed in the Holocaust.

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