Tonight and tomorrow are Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s memorial day.
Last year I watched the memorial ceremonies on TV in the evening, read blog posts, and scanned newspaper articles. I felt a crushing sadness and overwhelming fear of the future. After all, I too have a son who will one day serve in the armed forces.
This year I am not going to to do that.
Instead I am going to adopt the theme of gratitude:
I am grateful for the bravery and the sacrifices that built this modern country on top of this ancient place. It has not been easy. At all.
I am grateful that I get to live here. I am grateful that I am here with my husband, and we are raising our children here.
I am grateful for every hike and every stunning wildflower and every beautiful view.
I am grateful that a Jewish country exists, that is a democracy, that my children have choices. It is not perfect, but it is a work-in-progress and striving to improve.
Memorial to a fallen soldier, in the Ben Shemen Forest