Monday, April 27, 2009

The Day of Remembrance

The siren sounded at 8:00 p.m. In the moment of heavy silence we began another Yom Hazikaron, Remembrance Day for Israel's Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Enemy Actions.
Since 1860, when the first Jews began establishing neighborhoods outside the Jerusalem city walls, 22,570 men and women have been killed in defense of the Land of Israel.
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Death, loss, bereavement--this all too often is our world.
Today and every day we thank and remember those who died that our country may live.
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24 comments:

Erin said...

a moving post and bless those who have given their lives for our freedom(s) around the world.

Maria said...

Thank you Dina, your post is really moving.

SandyCarlson said...

Powerful. Wishing you peace.

Reader Wil said...

Very sad post, Dina. I heard a Dutch Jewish lady telling about Remembrance Day and how emotional it is for children.
Thank you for your visit! Painting my hair orange?? Well when I was 19 I wanted to dye my hair red,but it turned out orange.

pasadenaadjacent.com said...

I'm curious about the date of 1860. I assumed small numbers of jews were living in present day israel. No, only within the walls of Jerusalem?

Mary Elizabeth said...

Moving entry indeed.
Mary Elizabeth @ Now and Then

Catherine said...

A very touching tribute,Dina. They deserve our attention on this day, and many others.

Sara said...

Never shall I forget Yom Hazicharon in 1995 during my visit to Israel when the siren sounded and everything stopped...it was deeply moving.

Wishing you peace, and praying for the peace of Jerusalem....and the world.

VALKYRIEN said...

Very moving post and photo! Wish you all the best.

Guy D said...

Great post Dina, thanks for sharing.

Have a great week.
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Cloudia said...

You honor them
by LIVING!
Thank you, Dina.
Aloha

ps: Please stop by my blog tomorrow and respond to the question I pose to you!

Pietro said...

A very moving post which makes us reflect, Dina.
The world needs peace, peace, peace.

Robin said...

So many deaths, so much loss. Where will it all end.

I join you in your longing for peace.

Abe Lincoln said...

I have often wondered about the role of belief in life and what happens as a result. I used to ask myself why I was not born a Jew and finally figured that one out. God's Chosen People have suffered throughout history and I never have figured that one out yet. So you post caused me to reflect on some of this and as old as I am I still cannot understand it.

Regina said...

Hi Dina, I'm back. Thanks for the information.

Dina said...

Thank you all for standing with us today.

Pasadena Adjacent, yes, that sentence is rather strange. I saw it in a local newspaper and wanted to use it because it was my first time to learn that they count losses from 1860. But Jews were all around the country then. In Jerusalem, pre-1860, they lived in the Jewish Quarter (next to the Muslim, Christian, and Armenian Quarters) inside the protective walls of the Old City. All around was desert, wasteland, emptiness, and danger. Danger of wild animals and roving bands of robbers and murderers. The first who went to build houses and farm outside the walls were very brave.

Dina said...

Dear Abraham, this is quite a comment. Well, I'm pretty old myself and I haven't figured it out either.
"The role of belief in life" that you reflect about--a strictly observant Jew would say that belief is not just one role, it is your whole life.
You know, when I address you as Abraham, you always feel like a spiritual father.
Shalom Avraham.

W. Latane Barton said...

very sad that lives are lost in pursuit of a place to call their own.

Virginia said...

A very sad day for all of you I am sure. Thank you for sharing this with us. THe cemetery is just a beautiful place. I love the plantings. So green and well kept. Blessings,
V

CTG Ponies said...

What a wonderful way to remember those who have passed.

soulbrush said...

i pop in now and then to see your wonderful images of a wonderful country. shalom dina.

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you for sharing this day with us, Dina. So true, some die, so others may live.

Babooshka said...

Such a powerful post and a timely reminder to us all.

Mediterranean kiwi said...

very poignant post