(photo by AM)
Beginning tomorrow evening Israel will embark on its 63rd year of statehood.
Before that is the national day to remember the soldiers and ordinary citizens who have fallen in her defense, as well as those killed in terror attacks. A Mother in Israel has posted this video, which is very hard to watch, but beautiful in its simplicity and extremely important for anyone who has been to Israel, lives in Israel, or hopes to visit Israel one day.
School children are dressing in blue and white to reflect the colors of the flag. The flag was designed to look like a tallit, a prayer shawl, to enfold the first and only Jewish nation, which has struggled through highs and lows through its 62 years of existence but is still here, struggling to be safe haven in an unsafe world.
(The building across the street, gussied up for Yom Ha’atzmaut/Independence Day)
It still does not feel quite like mine, the blue and white. It was always half-mine, the Jewish part of me. Now it represents my citizenship, my religion, my language, and my home. I am hoping to be worthy of her soon.
(The world’s cutest photographer, hoping to catch the Degel Yisraeli in the wind.)
Bonus amusement: Up until last week, AM was calling Yom Ha’aztmaut (Independence Day) “Yom Ha’etzbaot”…”Fingers Day.” Fingers…important too, if you’re a thumbsucker.