April 24, 2015

April 24, 2015

Dear Family,

This week’s update is from Rabbi Chaim, who came to Israel this week for Yom HaZikaron – for the first time since he established the foundation with Yaniv and Gili.

Dear Friends,

I’m not sure why it has taken me so long to join our Brothers in Israel for the Day of Remembrance, Yom HaZikaron.  There are times in our lives when we experience something so profound that words could never carry the feeling of the experience.  This is what happens for the entire State of Israel on Yom HaZikaron, and even more so – for our soldiers who gather around the graves of their fallen brothers and comfort the parents who come there as well.

The Brothers asked me to address them at our Yom HaZikaron ceremony and I must tell you that I have never felt so small and so unworthy in the face of what our brothers were going through at that moment.  As many of you know, it’s in those moments of pain that there is also a sense of great closeness and I had the privilege to experience that feeling of One People, One Heart throughout the day.

The two photos below represent two aspects at opposite ends of the spectrum of the Yom HiZikaron experience in Israel.

The first is a small slice of the tens of thousands of our people who gathered together at Mount Hertzl, the second is two soldiers I happened upon late that night who were the standing watch over a cemetery in Kfar Saba where my cousin is buried.  Their silent presence was something I will not forget.

I feel so privileged to have been there for Yom HaZikaron and, of course, Yom Haatzmaut.

The Jewish People Live!

Shabbat Shalom,