Sunday, January 12, 2014

A tree weeps

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In Meitar's small cemetery a tree weeps,  sap running down fence stones.
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Tomorrow Israel will bury Arik Sharon on a hill at his Shikmim Ranch in the Negev, next to his wife.
Today TV showed the preparations for the funeral there.
As I watched a backhoe digging the grave and men lining the deep hole with cinder blocks, the reality hit home--Israel is losing "dor tashach," the generation of 1948, of "nefilim" (giants),  the Palmach generation, the founders of our State.
One by one they are returning to the earth of the Land they loved. 
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See any of the Israeli papers for more on Ariel Sharon and the state of the Nation:
The Times of Israel,   The Jerusalem PostHaaretz,   Ynetnews.
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12 comments:

William Kendall said...

It really is the end of an era.

A very striking picture.

VP said...
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Friko said...

There’s one of them left yet.

My condolences.

Cloudia said...

These men and women were giants!

It is the passing of an age. May we do all necessary to live up to them.

Petrea Burchard said...

Today I read that this year, the last of the "baby boomers" turns 50. Every era ends.

Kay said...

It is a generation that helped build Israel who are now leaving to become history.

My Unfinished Life said...

end of an era truly!!

http://www.myunfinishedlife.com

Hels said...

A funeral is always terrible. Especially the shovels of dirt thrown onto the wooden coffin. The hollow sound resonates in the ears and heart.

Dina said...
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crystal said...

Rest in peace, Ariel Sharon.

Suzanne said...

Very beautiful tribute that you wrote Dina. Yes it is a generation gone as are the survivors of the holocaust now also leaving. May their memories be for a blessing.

toby said...

I miss him! Truly a special man, who built up our beautiful country and made us feel safe and well protected. Baruch Dayan HaEmet.