Today is Yom HaZikaron, the memorial day for fallen soldiers here in Israel. Today is a solemn day, which is taken quite seriously by the general population, and enforced by the government with mandatory closing of stores and sirens sounding in every city, both last night and this morning. If one happens to be on the road, say in a big city or on a freeway when the siren sounds for one minute, it is really quite a moving experience, as traffic stops completely and drivers get out of their cars to stand in silence. What can I say? Today is a day of such raw emotion for our country, as so many have lost sons and daughters and family members to war, in battles that we as the Jewish people never wanted to fight to begin with. When even one soldier is killed in war, our entire nation feels it, because despite the wide range of religious observance and skin color within our little group of 15 million, at the end of the day we are one people. I do think that is an important message to think about today.
The photos I'm sharing with you here were taken of a Six Day War memorial, (on one of our outings during the week of Passover), located in a beautiful spot in Ein Zeitim, an area accessed from the road between Tsfat and Meron. We came across this location quite by accident, and I really can't believe we had never been here as we pass it all the time!