Celebrating Israel: A Home for Jews and what it means to be Jewish


The vast majority of Israelis stand at attention, stop whatever they are doing as the sirens sound for Yom HaZikaron, the Day for remembering those Israelis who have fallen in combat or at the hands of terrorists.  This year, those sirens sound for 23,320 individuals, Jews and non-Jews, going back to the year 1860 when Jews began to live outside the walls of Jerusalem again.  Israelis spend this day in reflection, visiting the resting places of those they know personally or connect to particularly, and coming to terms with the ever present reality that the sacrifices made to establish and protect the only Jewish state are never far away, in space, in time or in relationship.  

Israel's new president, Reuven Rivlin spoke passionately about the meaning of this sacrifice and his own experience sharing tents of mourning with loved one across what he called "the geography of pain" that stretched "the length and breadth of the country, yet did not divide it."                       

"The deaths of those who died defending our home force us to deepen our commitment to building that home as a more just home, a more compassionate home, a home where not only those who have fallen, but all those within it are equal,"...read the rest



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