Last week, we posted an article by Donniel Hartman on how the nine days from Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) through Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day) mark the new “High Holidays” of Israel.
Today, we would like to draw your attention to an essay by David Hartman on the day preceding Yom Ha’atzmaut, Yom Hazikaron, Israeli Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers. In this personal and moving piece, “Yom Hazikaron: Remembrance before celebration,” R. David talks about his own, personal loss, as well as the national day of mourning.
According to the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs website:
22,570 men and women have been killed defending the land of Israel since 1860, the year that the first Jewish settlers left the secure walls of Jerusalem to build new Jewish neighborhoods.
In the past year, since Remembrance Day 2008, 133 members of the security forces – police, IDF, Border Police, Israel Security Agency and other organizations – have been killed in the service of the state.