May Their Memory Be Blessed

Today is Israel’s Memorial Day for those that gave their lives for our country.  Today we remember our 22,867 fallen men and women, 183 of whom were lost over the past year.

Today we mourn, and tomorrow, on Israel’s Independence Day, we will celebrate.  Tonight at 8 PM we go from grief to joy, an Only-In-Israel experience.

Today my daughters are mourning their friends…

Uriel Peretz — killed in Lebanon in 1998

Eliraz Peretz — his brother, killed in Gaza in 2010

Gabi Uziel — killed in Jenin in 2003

Alon Babayan — killed in the Helicopter Tragedy of 1997

Dvir Emanueloff — the first soldier to be killed in Cast Lead in Gaza, 2009

Michal Raziel — killed in the Sbarro bombing in Jerusalem, 2001

The Silver Salver

by Natan Alterman

This poem is based on a statement made by Chaim Weizmann, first President of Israel, that ‘A state is not handed to a people on a silver salver.’

The Earth grows still.
The lurid sky slowly pales
Over smoking borders.
Heartsick, but still living, a people stand by
To greet the uniqueness
of the miracle.

Readied, they wait beneath the moon,
Wrapped in awesome joy, before the light.
— Then, soon,
A girl and boy step forward,
And slowly walk before the waiting nation.

In work garb and heavy-shod
They climb
In stillness.
Wearing yet the dress of battle, the grime
Of aching day and fire-filled night

Unwashed, weary unto death, not knowing rest,
But wearing youth like dewdrops in their hair,
— Silently the two approach
And stand.
Are they of the quick or of the dead?

Through wondering tears, the people stare.
“Who are you, the silent two?”
And they reply: “We are the silver salver
Upon which the Jewish State was served to you.”

And speaking, fall in shadow at the nation’s feet.
Let the rest in Israel’s chronicles be told.

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About Miriyummy

All I want to do is live happily ever after.

Posted on 9 May 2011, in Israel, Non-food and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Wow! That poem gave me goosebumps!
    יהיה זכרם ברוך.

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  2. Praying for peace…

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  3. My 20 year old son made Aliyah from the UK 4 weeks ago today.He will go to the Army with Garin Tzabar in November to serve for 3 years.He is the first member of the family to live in Israel.I am so so proud of my boy and all the boys and girls.May God protect those who guard us with their young lives and bring peace.
    Thank you for the poem.

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    • Marsha, I can feel your pride all the way over here. May he have an easy and meaningful army service, and may it not be too hard on you. Does he have any family here in Israel, or will he be a total chayal boded (lone soldier). If he needs a family to adopt him, I volunteer.

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  4. He is now on an Ulpan at Ibim in Sderot till August.Then the Garin which is a European one organized by the Israeli Scouts meets up.They are based on a Kibbutz together where they bond and do more Ulpan.And then together to the Army…We have friends in Modi’in and Jerusalem-and most of NW London seems to be in Netanya or Herziliya every 5 minutes!Its so strange without him–Seder night was very hard.And both Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut are resonating in a very different way for me this year.He is still part of me but also part of something else so special and precious.

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  5. Suzwuzhere

    Great Post Mirj. Is the purple for Givati?

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  6. Oish, I just began weeping….

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