Today we acknowledge our fallen soldiers and the more than 3,000 victims of Arab terror. It is a very sad day in Israel as the loss is felt by all.
It is at this time that we give recognition to all of those brave fighters who gave their lives so that we have a safe and secure Jewish homeland.
I am always reminded of King David’s lament of King Saul and Jonathan, David’s best friend. This is found in Chapter 23 of Samuel I. Some of the excerpts from this chapter are as follows: “How have the mighty fallen? Saul and Jonathan, beloved and pleasant in their lives, and in their death not parted. They were swifter than eagles, stronger than lions. O daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who would clothe you in scarlet with finery, who would place golden jewelry upon your clothing. I am distressed over you, my brother Jonathan, you were so pleasant to me. How have the mighty fallen.”
May the memory of our fallen heroes be for a blessing, and may mourning and sadness cease from the House of Israel.