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Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Remembering to remember

[A guest post for Israel's Memorial Day by my daughter, Ariella]

Stop. Everyone off the bus. It's in a minute.

Everyone understands. Everyone gets up and files off the bus quietly.

As we gather on the sidewalk I look around. Soldiers and civilians stand as one. The soldiers start to put on their כומתות (berets). I'm one of them.

And then it starts.

The siren wails loudly for all that we have lost, and in that moment everything stops. Nothing else matters. No matter where you are from, who you are, you are connected. To the loss. The pain. The remembering. You remember someone you knew, someone important and special who used to be the world.

And then all at once it ends. Just as suddenly as it began. And we all get back on the bus.

But none of us are the same. We all remember.

Posted by David Bogner on May 6, 2014 | Permalink

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Wow. I'm speechless. I'm sitting here is Galut and I feel like I was off and on the bus with you.


Posted by: Meir D | May 6, 2014 5:06:28 AM

Nice. Thank you, Ariella.

Posted by: Alissa | May 6, 2014 4:46:47 PM

Simple. Powerful.

Chip off the old block. :)

Thank you.
xoxo
Auntie

Posted by: val | May 6, 2014 5:31:48 PM

We'll done! We love you.
G & G

Posted by: Delmar Bogner | May 7, 2014 10:58:12 AM

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, Ariella.

Posted by: SaraK | May 7, 2014 10:59:07 AM

Thoughtful and touching. You may be able to give your Abba a run for his money.

Posted by: Elisson | May 7, 2014 7:02:34 PM

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