Monday, April 23, 2007

Remembering II

Today was Israel's version of what is Memorial Day in America. My Hebrew class was invited to a memorial ceremony at a school, which so happened to be the same one my daughter goes to.
It was a very somber event and all of the children were on their best behavior (which is unusual in this country).

Everyone takes this day with the utmost solemnity which remembers all of the soldiers who fell while protecting Israel, as well as terror victims, since 1860, when Jews officially began to immigrate back to Israel. The vast majority of deaths from fighting have come since Israel's founding in 1948. Since that time, close to 20,000 have been killed, which comes out to be almost one person per day from the time that the State of Israel declared independence. Today in Memorial Day and tomorrow is Independence Day - sadness one day and celebration the next. Just another of the many stark contrasts which are part of everyday life here.

On that note of gloom, Rima's mother's family has had a difficult week last week. First, the mother of one of her brother's wife died. A few days after that, another sister-in-law lost her father. At that funeral the next day they heard that another sister-in-law's mother died. Afterwards the family was eating together and Rima's mother was sitting next to her other sister-in-law's father. Suddenly, during the meal, the man swallowed his tongue. Everyone freaked out and the ambulance came and got him, but he ended up dying, too. Needless to say, it is a lot they are going through at the present, so remember keep them, and all of us, in your prayers.


J. K. Jones said...

Still praying.

Great picture of your daughter!

J. K. Jones said...

Couple of addresses for you in your spare time:

Abu Yossi said...

Interesting site JK. Check out this article:

As American culture has it's obvious issues, so does Middle Eastern culture, only in a different way. Their "shame culture" goes back to Bible times, explaining why the rape of Dinah in Genesis, for example, was dealt with the way it was. One thing not mentioned in the article is the method for reconciliation/forgiveness (sulha) that is pretty unbelievable, but actually works rather well, (when practiced, that is).