And then Monday night - a complete change of mood as the sadness of retrospection gives way to the joy of celebrating Israel's 66th birthday, Yom Ha'atzma'ut, Independence Day.
The Australian Jewish News invited Arnold Roth to write a contribution to its Independence Day supplement. They asked to know about our hopes and expectations in making aliyah. How has the
reality of Israeli life been for us in light of the events and changes of the past 25+ years. Here's one not-so-small measure of how great those changes have been: Israel's population in 1989 when we celebrated our first Independence Day was 4.6 million. It stands this year at 8.2 million.
Here's a version of what the AJN published in this week's edition.
|Independence Day 1989 on our terrace|
|For two minutes, the life of an entire busy country comes|
to a standstill: Israel's Memorial Day [Image Source: Haaretz]
|Family members at Yom Hazikaron memorial event in the Knesset plaza, |
a year ago - April 2013