Stand and remember: I was home today when the sirens went off. Every year, in addition to all the official commemoration ceremonies, there is the two minute siren during which the country stops. People stand, wherever they are, at silent attention, to honor the memory of the six million Jews killed in the Sho’ah (Holocaust).
This marks the beginning of a cycle of three national holiday—a cycle that was designed with great emotional wisdom. We go from Yom HaSho’ah to Yom HaZikaron next week (our memorial day for those killed in our wars), to Yom HaAtzma’ut (our independence day). The progression is logical and meaningful; we survived the Shoah, fought a horrific war of basic survival, and came out on the other side with our independence. From the sadness of today and next weeks ceremonies to the instant joy and festivities of independence (all the more so with this year being our 60th).