Saturday, April 21, 2012

Chazak Amenu

"Why are the children of Israel compared to the dove? All other birds when they grow tired find rest upon a rock or the branch of a tree.  But when the the dove tires, she does not cease flying; instead she rests one wing and flies with the other." (Midrash Rabbah)

On this Yom HaZikaron, Israel's Memorial Day, we remember the soldiers who have fallen fighting for Israel’s independence and defending its security. Yom HaZikaron is marked with sirens that alert people to stop all activity and honor the fallen. Traffic grinds to a halt, and both pedestrians and drivers stand in silence.  This holiday’s placement, the day before Israel's Independence Day is intentional: the soldiers who gave their lives were directly responsible for the existence of Israel as an independent state.  In this way, a day of solemn commemoration can be followed by joyous celebration, Yom HaAtzma-ut.

Yom HaZikaron begins at sundown on Tuesday April 24, 2012
Yom HaAtzmaut begins the evening of Wednesday April 25, 2012


"If you will it, it is not a dream."


  1. Love the video and (Midrash Rabbah) quote.
    Might you have been there when they filmed that video in Jerusalem?

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  3. Isn't the video great!I wasnt there at that time, but every time I watch it, I feel as if I'm there. Thanks for your comments