Time doesn't heal.
Time just gives us the chance to try to live better, be inspired by those who are no longer with us, who died so young...
We live in the shadows of the loss.
Just like we can't erase a shadow, we can't ignore the memories and longings that follow us even at the most unexpected times.
Most of those we commemorated at our Shiloh Memorial Ceremony in the local cemetery were just teenagers when they were murdered. Other were a young mother and an infant. They all had such potential, such dreams. And in a matter of seconds, their lives were over, and everything changed irreparably for their parents, spouse, grandparents, siblings, friends and family.
|Memorial ceremony at Mt. Herzl |
for a friend.
Jewish History is full of destruction, defeat and disasters. And there is also the rebuilding.
We're supposed to take those memories and the pain and make something better and stronger. That's why the Jewish People continues to exist, even now, two thousand years after the destruction of our Second Holy Temple. The ancient civilizations we fought with and even those that defeated us are gone, but we Jews still live and thrive and have established a modern State of Israel.
For the Jewish People, "not healing" is not the end of the world. We take our pain and build something better, with G-d's help. And as we celebrate Yom Ha'Atzma'ut, we bring those memories with us to celebrate together.