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Today, on the 17th of Kislev, we mark for the first time ever the Appreciation Day for the soldiers and victims of hostilities. This day is the Hebrew date of 29th of November, the day on which the UN passed a resolution on the establishment of the Israeli state. The choice of this date symbolizes the connection between the circumstances of the injured and the establishment of the State of Israel and the need to safeguard it.

The Israeli government decided to hold the Appreciation Day as an expression of the public and ethical obligation of our society, to honor the injured and victims who bear the public burden of all of us in their body and soul. The nature of war is that afterwards, we remember those who fell and died in battle, but those who were wounded we usually don’t remember.

More than 100,000 civilians are among the wounded of Israel’s population and victims of terror. On a day to day basis, they deal with a wide range of disabilities and challenges – both physical and mental. This is our opportunity to thank them for their sacrifice, their devotion, their bravery and their daily bearing of the burden of the wars of all of us.

As part of Appreciation Day, Academy students stood in silence for the Misheberach prayer.

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