Today is Yom HaZikkaron, or Israeli Memorial Day. It is a very emotional day in Israel and for Israelis outside of Israel, because due to the small size of Israel and the mandatory draft, almost everyone knows someone who has died or been injured either in military service or because of a terrorist attack.
And I thought about posting about women in the Israeli military, but then I thought about how I spend so much time arguing about Israel and discussing the political and social situation there, and how today is the one day when I don’t want to discuss or get angry or be provocative. Today is an emotional day, and is a day simply for remembrance, not for divisions among gender lines. And so, in that spirit, I thought I’d share a song that an Israeli middle school girl sang at an assembly today for my entire school A lot of people, myself included, were surprised at the power that was able to come out of that little girl’s mouth. Let me just say, it made a lot of people in the audience cry. It was written for a solider that died by his sister, and even if you don’t read the lyrics (they’re posted on the video) to me, at least, the song just spills with love and compassion and sadness. And that, to me, is what memorializing is about.