Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Sitting in the light of Merav

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A sitting corner at the Sde Boker campus of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.


A local stone is embedded right in the table.
The metal sign says "In memory of Merav Ziv, our student in the Desert Ecology Department."

She died in 1999 in the field,* on a research trip, after falling from her bike.

Her family funds a Merav Ziv Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Ecology and there is an annual symposium on her name.
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* UPDATE DEC. 2017:  Not exactly, apparently.  Please see the comment below from Avi about the date and sad real cause of Merav's death.  May her memory be for a blessing.
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19 comments:

Taken For Granted said...

That is a fine looking table with its stone, but it is a sad story.

jaz@octoberfarm said...

you live in such a really wonderful place! i am so happy i found your blog!

Hels said...

Do students take the time to sit and think quietly? My memory of uni days is that people are always rushing about, grabbing coffees on the run.

Tom said...

What a nice piece of workmanship and lovely memorial. Tom The Backroads Traveller

RedPat said...

A nice way to remember her!

Cloudia said...

write it in stone.






ALOHA from Honolulu
ComfortSpiral
=^..^=

William Kendall said...

Very sad... and yet the stone embedded in the table is quite an eye catching touch.

Nadege said...

Lovely table with a sad story!

Norma Beishir said...

A unique remembrance....

Birdman said...

Nice place to stop and feel the dappled sun, I bet.

VP said...

Falling from a bike? That is quite sad...

Dina said...

Friends, thanks for your remarks.

Hels, back in our university days there was no need to sit quietly on a bench because we had no cell phones? I sense that students at BGU in the desert and students in cold Jerusalem HUJ are a lot different.

VP, yeah, it seems strange. I could not find any more details about how Merav died. The desert can be a dangerous place.

Petrea Burchard said...

A beautiful idea.

Karl Demetz said...

I had the same thought as Taken...

Su-sieee! Mac said...

The stone looks like a heart. A very nice memorial for the student.

visualnorway said...

Malyss would have loved this on :-)

Avi Blum said...

The tragic story of Merav was for me a brake in life and i would tell this story for those who wants

Avi Blum said...

She comitted souicide on August 22 1999. I was the last person who met her during the night of December 22th. On 26.12 she fell from her bike and became disabled. For her life like that where not decent. So when she went out from the hospital she killed herself with pilles

Dina said...

Shalom Avi, thank you very much for completing and correcting this tragic story.
It is a sad ending to a young life. At least Merav has a beautiful memorial place. May her memory be a blessing, especially to you.