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The Yom Kippur War
Yom Kippur War, 1973, from the Dan Hadani Collection

The Yom Kippur War

The unexpected siren which sounded on the afternoon of Yom Kippur, October 6th, 1973, was a seminal moment, signaling a turning point for the nation and the State. In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War, we gathered a selection of archival material from the National Library of Israel examining the war and its repercussions for the Israeli public during and after the events of 1973.

From the strong statements of the war's military commanders, to a 10 year old girl wondering how the animals in the zoo were being cared for during the crisis; from the wailing sirens that pierced the air to a protest movement that started with just one man and changed Israel's political reality. The fear, the feelings of isolation, as well as the mass enlistment on the part of the entire nation. An entire country was forced to look in the mirror and examine what had happened. Naomi Shemer's Lu Yehi ("All We Pray For") is a song often associated with this period - a song that became a prayer, and a nationwide hit.