Today is Yom HaZikaron, Israel Memorial Day, a time to honor and remember Israel’s fallen soldiers and victims of terror. In today’s YNet, Racheli Frenkel, mother of Naftali, who was kidnapped and murdered with two other teen boys in 2014, offers moving insights on this national holiday.
. . . our memorial days have never been a veneration of the dead. This isn’t a culture of martyrs. We will always favor, appreciate and celebrate life over death. It is good to live for our country, it is good to live. It is good to raise the price of life.
When we gather, with respect and yearning, around the names and faces we knew, it’s not an addiction to pain. It’s not a macabre day of mourning. It’s a day of renewing the commitment, of reviving the alliance.
We mention our loved ones, the joy and the smiles, so they will keep living among us. Our mission is to make life here better, thanks to them. Their friendship is our challenge, their solidarity has become our responsibility: To incorporate the memory of love into caring, to incorporate the passion into respectful disagreements. To turn the self-sacrifice into further closeness, and to turn the memory into life.