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~Yom HaZikaron by ozniablog
May 7, 2008, 3:23 pm
Filed under: arts/culture

Today we remember the 22,437 Israelis killed in wars, terror attacks and in service to the State of Israel.

Haaretz, Ynet, and the Jerusalem Post all have powerful articles about the day.

Reshet.tv has put up some moving video memorials providing a personal understanding to this day of mourning.

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Here’s a popular poem I found on the web. I wish I could understand it in the original Hebrew…

The Silver Platter by Nathan Alterman

…And the land will grow still
Crimson skies dimming, misting
Slowly paling again
Over smoking frontiers

As the nation stands up
Torn at heart but existing
To receive its first wonder
In two thousand years

As the moment draws near
It will rise, darkness facing
Stand straight in the moonlight
In terror and joy

…When across from it step out
Towards it slowly pacing
In plain sight of all
A young girl and a boy

Dressed in battle gear, dirty
Shoes heavy with grime
On the path they will climb up
While their lips remain sealed

To change garb, to wipe brow
They have not yet found time
Still bone weary from days
And from nights in the field

Full of endless fatigue
And all drained of emotion
Yet the dew of their youth
Is still seen on their head

Thus like statues they stand
Stiff and still with no motion
And no sign that will show
If they live or are dead

Then a nation in tears
And amazed at this matter
Will ask: who are you?
And the two will then say

With soft voice: We–
Are the silver platter
On which the Jews’ state
Was presented today

Then they fall back in darkness
As the dazed nation looks
And the rest can be found
In the history books.

Comment by Brandon Davis

The number killed was 22,437; not 12,437

Comment by Ron Shapiro

Thanks for the comment Ron, we’ve updated the post.

Comment by ozniablog




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