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Two customs of this special day

דגלים על קברי חללי צה"ל
צילום: פלאש90

Translation by Yehoshua Siskin

Today in Israel is Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of terror. A grieving brother who wishes to remain anonymous wrote me as follows:
"When we leave the cemetery we observe two customs. It's one moment before we get into a hot car that was standing in the sun, one moment before looking at our cell phones, one moment before getting back to the world.
The first custom is to place a stone on the grave. A stone symbolizes building. It symbolizes our taking the legacy and the spirit of the one who passed away and building the world in his light. A flower fades but a stone endures.
But there is one more custom: On leaving the cemetery, we wash our hands. We take a vessel and fill it with "living" water that symbolizes blossoming and growth. We pour the water over our hands that represent creative work.
I once went on a group tour of Mount Herzl and happened to meet Miriam Peretz there. She lost two sons to war and, turning to our group, spoke as follows : 'Stones and living water are not just meant as customs. They incorporate a perspective that we must take with us as we venture forth from this holy day.'
In the memory of my brother, in the memory of them all."


ספר חדש לקוראים הצעירים ולכל המשפחה

"לגדול! 3", על תנועת החסידות ועלינו

להנחה - השתמשו בקוד קופון 3333

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