Friday, April 12, 2013

From Sorrow To Joyousness - The Price of Freedom







This year Yom HaZikaron is on:
Apr 14-15

Yom HaAtzmaut is on:
Apr 15-16




It's amazing that when most of our parents were born, Israel was not yet a State. When they were born maps didn't even include a Jewish State on it. We think of the State of Israel always being there.We forget sometimes, just how young it really is. This week we celebrate Israel's 65th birthday. Quite an achievement, considering the threats that Israel has had to conquer in its short life. Israel has accomplished so much in its 65 years, a true light among the nations, but before we leap into celebration, we must stop and remember. The day before Yom Ha-atzmaut is Yom Hazikaron, the Day of Remembrance for Israel's fallen soldiers and Victims of Terror.



Sirens will sound across Israel to call the nation to a moment of reflection for Yom HaZikaron. When the State was established, Israel's leaders felt strongly about connecting Yom HaZikaron to Yom HaAtzmaut. Though this is the season of our freedom, we also mourn our people's tragedy, we remember the fallen soldiers and also celebrate the independence of the State of Israel. On Yom HaZikaron are lost sons, daughters, fathers, sons, mothers, brothers, and sisters. Whether it was during one of Israel's wars, or during a senseless act of terrorism, the loss in Israel is profound.

It is not by accident, then, that we go from this day of sorrow to the joy of Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel's Day of Independence. We go from "Yagon L' Simcha" - from Sorrow to Joyousness. In doing this, we can hopefully understand what a sacrifice it was for the generations past and present to build the Jewish State.
We're always reminded of life's highs and lows, and the price of freedom.





Special Yizkor Prayer Memorializing Israel's Fallen Heroes

"יִזְכֹּר אֱלֹהִים אֶת נִשְמוֹת בָּנָיו-גִּבּוֹרָיו, חַיָּלֵי צְבָא הֲגַנָּה לְיִשְׂרָאֵל, שֶׁנָּפְלוּ בְּמִלְחֲמוֹת יִשְׂרָאֵל, בִּפְעֻלּוֹת הֲגַנָּה, תַּגְמוּל וּבִטָּחוֹן וּבְעֵת מִלּוּי תַּפְקִידָם, וְנִשְׁמוֹת כָּל לוֹחֲמֵי הַמַּחְתֶּרֶת וַחֲטִיבוֹת הַלּוֹחֲמִים בְּמַעַרְכוֹת הָעָם, שֶׁחֵרְפוּ נַפְשָׁם לָמוּת עַל קְדֻשַּׁת הַשֵּׁם, וּבְעֶזְרַת אֱלֹהֵי מַעַרְכוֹת יִשְׂרָאֵל הֵבִיאוּ לִתְקוּמַת הָאֻמָּה וְהַמְּדִינָה וְלִגְאֻלַּת הָאָרֶץ וְעִיר הָאֱלֹהִים. מִנְּשָׁרִים קַלּוּ וּמֵאֲרָיוֹת גָּבֵרוּ, בְּהֵחָלְצָם לְעֶזְרַת הָעָם וְהִרְווּ בְּדָמָם הַטָּהוֹר אֶת רִגְבֵי אַדְמַת קָדְשֵׁנוּ. זֵכֶר עֲקֵדָתָם וּמַעֲשֵׂה גְבוּרָתָם לֹא יָסוּפוּ מֵאִתָּנוּ לְעוֹלָמִים. תִּהְיֶינָה נִשְׁמוֹתֵיהֶם צְרוּרוֹת בִּצְרוֹר הַחַיִּים עִם נִשְׁמוֹת אַבְרָהָם, יִצְחָק וְיַעֲקֹב וְעִם שְׁאָר גִּבּוֹרֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וּקְדוֹשָׁיו שֶׁבְּגַן עֵדֶן עַד
עוֹלָם. אָמֵן".
May God remember the souls of His heroic children: The fighters of the Israel Defense Forces, who fell in the wars of Israel, in defensive, retaliative, and security actions and during the fulfillment of their duty, including the souls of the underground fighters and brigades who fought in the national struggle - all those who sacrificed their lives for the sanctification of God's Name.

And with the help of God, the Lord of Israel's campaigns, they brought about the revival of the nation and the state and the redemption of the land and the city of God.
They were quicker than eagles and stronger than lions as they volunteered to assist the nation, and they saturated our holy land with their pure blood.
The memory of their self-sacrifice and heroic deeds will never disappear from us. May their souls be bound in the Bond of Life with the souls of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and with the souls of the other heroes and martyrs of Israel who are in the Garden of Eden. Amen.

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