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President Rivlin at Western Wall Memorial Day Ceremony: ‘We Must have Faith in the IDF’

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

The Memorial Day for the Fallen in Israel’s Wars began Tuesday afternoon with a ceremony at the Yad LaBanim Memorial in Jerusalem, in honor of the 23,447 who have died in Israel’s wars since 1860. 2,576 Israeli civilians have perished in hostilities since 1948. Prime Minister Netanyahu opened the day saying, “The national reconciliation is born by our shared destiny, and there is no deeper and nobler expression of this shared destiny than this day.”

Hundreds, including Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot, participated on Tuesday night in the ceremony in honor of Memorial Day and the lighting of the memorial candle at the Western Wall plaza. The ceremony commenced following a country-wide siren marking a minute of silence at 8 PM.

President Rivlin told the assembled at the Western Wall that “over the past year we didn’t get to be together much. We dug in, each in the righteousness of our path — we’ve had disagreements. Naturally they are hard and piercing and they have to do with the essence of our life here. But the IDF is not only everybody’s army, it is everybody. The cover of loss is over all of us with blood curdling accuracy — the same pain, the same longing, the same shared destiny. The red marks prick equally in Negba and in Tel Aviv, Kiryat Arba and Marar, Sderot, Jerusalem, Yeruham, and Shlomi. We have to remember: the IDF does not navigate the ship. The IDF is doing all it can, in the best and most professional possible way, to make sure the ship can navigate its own path safely and reach its destinations. Our faith in the IDF and its commanders is our faith in ourselves. It is our faith in our strength, in standing before our losses, your losses, in the righteousness of our way.”

Maj. Gen. Eizenkot said at the ceremony that the unity of the nation “is the foundation of the Israel Defense Forces, and it shapes it as the nation’s army, as a state army.” He added that the IDF commanders and soldiers must be certain “without the shadow of a doubt, that the entire nation supports them and stands behind them, even when there are disagreements. Unity does not necessarily mean agreement, but we mustn’t allow these gaps to damage the unity of our goal. The faith of the people in the IDF is crucial to the accomplishment of our task: protecting the state, securing its existence, and if needed — victory in war.”

At 9:15 PM, the Knesset held the event “Singing in their memory,” in the presence of the President, the Prime Minister, the Knesset Speaker, Minister of Defense, the Deputy Chief of Staff, and the chief of police.

On Wednesday morning a second, 2-minute siren will be sounded, at 11 AM, followed by the State Memorial Ceremony for Israel’s Fallen Soldiers at Mount Herzl, with the president, the prime minister and the chief of staff. At the same time many local ceremonies will be conducted in cemeteries throughout Israel, including the military cemetery in Kiryat Shaul, Tel Aviv, where Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon will speak. On Wednesday evening there will be a ceremony of lighting torches on Mt. Herzl, which will mark the end of Memorial Day and the start of the 68th Independence Day festivities.

David Israel

Offspring of Wehrmacht Soldiers Serving in IDF

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

The Talmud relates (Gittin 57b, Sanhedrin 96b) that the grandchildren of Haman, the wicked high ranking Persian politician who planned the first “final solution” for the Jewish nation in the Megillah, studied Torah in B’nei B’rak. Golani Brigade Corp. Elad Tzair, 20, whose family immigrated to Israel from Germany and converted to Judaism, says Holocaust Day “has a very special meaning for me,” seeing as “both my parents’ grandparents fought in the German Army and here I am, their great-grandson, living in Israel and serving as a fighter in the IDF.”

Tzair, a resident of Migdal, on the shore of Lake Kinneret, is the firstborn of six grandchildren of the two German converts who arrived in Israel separately some 20 years ago. He attended religious schools and graduated from the yeshiva high school in Kfar Hasidim.

“My grandparents on both sides converted, as did my father and mother and the rest of my aunts and uncles, so that I was already born into a reality in which I was Jewish,” Tzair told Israeli media. “As far as I know, my parents’ grandparents were not in the SS, and did not partake in the annihilation of the Jewish people in the ghettos,” he continued, noting, “I also know that they did not agree ideologically with the ideas of the Nazi party. As a child, I was told that my paternal great-grandfather fought against the French army, was taken captive by the French and returned to Germany a few years later. My maternal great-grandfather fought against the Russian army. After they had their families, they used to come on visits to Israel. They were always lovers of Israel and I know, for instance, that after the Holocaust they donated money to Israel.”

Tzair says his personal experience of Holocaust Memorial Day has been steeped in personal pain, especially since some of his classmates were in the habit of calling him “the German” and would taunt him for the sins of his great grandparents (something which is strictly forbidden by Jewish law). He says his mother “explained that it’s not about us, and I understood.”

His enlistment in the IDF is, to his family, the closing of a circle. “When my family saw me in my uniform, it moved them very much. Every time I arrive in my uniform, my 82-year-old grandfather starts crying.”

JNi.Media

Time-lapse Movie of One World Trade Center Construction

Friday, May 29th, 2015

In recognition of the opening of One World Observatory in New York City, EarthCam released a special edition of their One World Trade Center video. It shows the completion of construction from October 2004 to Memorial Day 2015.

Hundreds of thousands of high definition images were captured over the past 11 years and hand-edited for this exclusive time-lapse movie.

Video of the Day

Chareidi Initiative United Moment of Silence with Silent Prayer

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

A 2-minute siren sounded at 11 AM this morning throughout Israel to commemorate and remember Israel’s fallen. At that point, all of Israel will stop and stand for a moment of silence.

A new Chareidi initiative was launched for Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day, called “Sheket, Zochrim” or “Be Silent, We are Remembering”.

The initiative was launched by Rabbi Ze’ev Rothman, a Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi, as an attempt to connect the two minutes of silence with an older Jewish tradition of saying Tehillim (Psalms) and prayers for the deceased.

His idea united both the secular and religious together during this solemn moment of silence as we all remembered Israel’s fallen.

A silent prayer during the moment of silence.

The flyers were handed out in shopping centers, stores and schools and targeted everyone from Chareidim to secular. Over 50,000 flyers were printed and distributed.

The text of the prayers follows:
Sheket Zochrim

Jewish Press Staff

A Private Memorial Day

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

An Israeli woman visits a relative’s grave on Mount Herzl on Tuesday, a few hours before Memorial Day begins, at which point the military cemetery will be full of family and friends of the deceased.

Photo of the Day

Today is Memorial Day

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Today is Memorial Day. If anyone should recognize the sacrifices of the American military, it is the Jewish people. It was the supreme allied commander, General Dwight D. Eisenhower who led the invasion of Normandy at Omaha Beach in France so as to enable the defeat of the Nazis in World War II. Omaha Beach was a virtual slaughter house as wave after wave of soldiers moved forward into massive gunfire by the enemy. Many soldiers died or became permanently injured. And yet they kept on coming until the eventually landed and overcame the enemy.

One of the images that will be seared into my memory will be the tour Eisenhower took into one of the liberated camps. What he encountered was the unimaginable and yet true events of torture that took place at the hands of the Nazis, while the German citizens looked the other way. Eisenhower went to a nearby town and forced the entire town to go to one of those camps to see what their leaders had done… and forced those townspeople to help bury the dead.

I think it is only right to think of all the sacrifices that American soldiers did for the sake of triumphing over evil… an evil directed primarily against us. We owe those men… and this country a tremendous debt of gratitude. God bless them and God bless the United States of America.

Harry Maryles

Terror Victim Heckles Netanyahu at Yom HaZikaron Ceremony

Monday, May 5th, 2014

A victim of Arab terror disrupted Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech at today’s Memorial Day service at Mount Herzl.

Rami Cohen was stabbed by an Arab in 2000, during the early stages of the Oslo War (second “intifada”). Today, he wants answers about the release of hundreds of murderers in order to cajole the PLO to negotiate with Israel over the past nine months.

“How could you release the killers of our children?” Cohen shouted at the prime minister.

Netanyahu did not address the fact that the prisoner releases failed to appease Palestinian Authority leader Abu Mazen, and failed to secure any Palestinian recognition of Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish country. But the prime minister appeared unfazed by the interruption, and said he’d expected to be challenged about the prisoner release.

“The decision we made was a tough one, one that stands in contrast to the values of justice,” Netanyahu said. “The tough reality of this region has forced Israeli governments for decades to make decisions like this one that are too tough to bear.

“(But) I viewed it as my responsibility as the prime minister of Israel to stand here to day together with you, on Yom HaZikaron with our fallen loved ones. I salute you and wish you a speedy recovery. May the memories of all terror victims be blessed forever,” Netanyahu said.

Avi Tuchmayer

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