yom hazikaron


Yom Hazikaron, Memorial Day,

Israel Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism Remembrance Day


scouts at memorial day, april 2007

the day opens the evening before at 20:00. a one-minute siren brings the country to a halt during which most israelis stand in silence, commemorating and honoring the fallen. 


legacy to our children, april 2007

a two-minute siren, also freezing time, is sounded the following morning, at 11:00, marking the opening of the official memorial ceremonies and private remembrance gatherings held at cemeteries around the country.

the day officially draws to a close at 20:00 in a ceremony of israel independence day on mount herzl, jerusalem, when the israeli flag is returned to full mast.

commemorating memorial day right before independence day is a reminder for israelis of the price paid for independence.

only five minutes – ifat nagar

if you would grant me, God,
only one wish, from the sea of wishes,
i would ask for only one tiny wish.
“give me just five minutes with him”.
one minute to tell him …
“i know he has to go.”
and a second minute to tell him…
“i will never accept his leave.”
and a third minute to say i am angry for him being chosen.
and a fourth minute that i love him so.
and a fifth minute to ask you,
please relinquish your choice and don’t take him away …

hila at memorial day ceremony, april 2007



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2 responses to “yom hazikaron

  1. Frans

    The future rightly belongs to our children, and teaching the true values in life is our responsibility. I know that you and I have done everything that we could possibly do and more, and still we learn daily that there is more to be done. If we support each other we’ll get there and learn along the way.

  2. nir

    on the letter frans!

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