Today, Sundy April 18 is Yom Hazikaron.
Yom HaZikaron is Israel’s memorial day for its fallen soldiers.
On the evening preceding Yom HaZikaron and again, in the morning, a siren wails throughout Israel and everyone pauses for the one minute duration of the siren. Traffic grinds to a halt, and both pedestrians and drivers stand at attention silently, contemplating the sacrifices made for this country still struggling for survival.
Throughout the country, special services are held in honor of the fallen soldiers. The military cemeteries overflow with grieving families and friends, and others wishing to pay their respects to heroes who gave their lives defending the State of Israel. It is a day commemorating the loss of all men and women who died for Israel, whether they served in the IDF, Israel’s armed services, or were victims of acts of terror.
Jews outside of Israel feel Israel’s loss too – as it says in the Talmud, “Kol Yehudim areivim zeh lezeh” (“All Jews are responsible for one another”). Many light memorial candles, give tzedaka (charity) or learn Torah on behalf of the fallen soldiers.
On July 17, 2008, Karnit Goldwasser, buried her husband Ehud, captured two years earlier by the terrorist group Hezbollah.
This video is presented in honor of all of the wives and mothers who mourn Israeli soldiers today, and forever.