This is a lesson plan provided by the National Library of Israel.

Can you imagine an entire nation coming to a complete halt,  silent and “frozen” in place for one minute as a siren wails in every corner of the country?  Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s memorial day for its fallen soldiers and victims of terror, needs to be experienced first hand in order to best grasp what this day means to the majority of Israel’s citizens. Nevertheless, this resource’s video clip and discussion triggers enable learners to try and reflect on what they would think and feel were they to be standing on a street corner on Yom Hazikaron while listening to the siren.   Writing a script of an imaginary interview with someone who has just stood silent for that one minute siren engages the learners more personally with the meaning of this solemn day.

The learner will:

  1. understand how a national moment of silence is meaningful on both an individual and a national level
  2. know the different rituals that exist on Yom Hazikaron in Israel

be able to write a script which encompasses the thoughts and feelings of someone during the siren on Yom Hazikaron

About the National Library and its educational materials:

The mission of the National Library of Israel is to provide a home for items of national, historic or cultural significance. Each of these primary sources serve as unique entry points into the collective memory of the people of Israel as well as the Jewish people worldwide.

The education department at the library curates the collection of primary sources and uses them as windows into the past; to foster a deeper understanding of Jewish history, and to enable learners to personalize and connect to earlier events.


When you click on the National Library of Israel resource link featured above, you will find the following educational building blocks for the creation of a lesson plan:


  1. A group activity to open the lesson and engage the learners.
  2. Discussion ideas and/or questions that are designed to get the learners thinking more deeply about the content.
  3. A creative activity that gives students the opportunity to go beyond learning and analyzing, to crafting something new, that personalizes how they relate to the  primary sources featured in the resource.
  4. The primary sources in this resource have individual links (listed in Expand your horizons below) that provide expanded information. In addition there are nuanced discussion questions that will enable students in small groups to engage independently and effectively in the process of  observing, interpreting, and connecting to the primary sources.

    Link to the lesson plan:
    Commemorating Yom Hazikaron

Student handouts, computer, projector

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