From the depths to the heights

Last night was the start of Yom HaZikaron (Remembrance Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism), marked with national and local ceremonies, and an 8pm siren. The memory of the 22,993 fallen soldiers and victims of terror was also marked at 11 am this morning – with a two minute siren.

It is, as you would expect, a sad, serious, introspective occasion. There are a lot of tears shed. And tonight, as one day ends and another starts, the whole country will switch from the depths of despair to the heights of joy as Yom Haatzmaut (Independence Day) begins. Israel is 64 years old and it will be having lots of birthday parties.

This switch in emotions takes some getting used to. Even now, almost three years into our aliyah, it seems strange. It may only be a practical example of the truism that life goes on, but it must be so hard for those who have lost loved ones. My heart goes out to them. I just pray that this time next year the ledger is still at 22,993.