Day for Victims of War and Terror. But it is effective as a reminder. For those personally affected by tragedy, the world does stand still.
One of the messages of these national mourning days is that the tragedies affect us all. There isn't an Israeli who can't tell about somebody, family or friend, who wasn't/isn't a victim in some way. The "what if..." it hadn't happened would mean a very different life for us all. Ruthie Blum's latest op-ed is about how "irreplaceable" we, or the dead are. I have a problem with it, because the truth is that we do and must go on. We can all be replaced. Just like when you're cooking and suddenly discover that a crucial ingredient is lacking, most of us just figure out a replacement and end up cooking something new. Whether it's better or worse, that's what we serve.
When someone is killed or suddenly sick or injured in a life-changing way, we have to just be pragmatic and make changes. That's the roll of the dice. Someone I know whose childhood was dominated by the illness and death of a parent reacted to my "you had a very difficult childhood" with:
"I never considered it as difficult. It's the only childhood I knew."
Since then, I've considered it an important lesson. Don't put too much concentration on what can't be changed. Accept and go on.
After the traffic stops for two minutes, everyone resumes moving and going on with their business. Yes, that's what we must do. Remember, but don't let misery and loss take over your life. We must keep going and changing with the detours, not fighting them. This is the life we have. We must learn our lessons from experience.
One of the big problems of the Israeli Left is that they refuse to accept the results of the 1967 Six Days War. They have never gone forward. They are mired in an outdated ideology that has been proven unsuccessful and totally inaccurate. The Arabs cannot be pacified with Land we won in 1967. The Arabs want Tel Aviv, Haifa etc. There is nothing more reactionary and conservative (with a small c) than a Leftist.