The flower and the torch

April 18, 2014

What’s Happening

Sunday, May 4, 7:15 pm

In Hebrew, the flower Red Everlasting is called “Dam HaMacabim,” the Blood of the Maccabees. The name comes from a legend that red flowers grew wherever a Maccabee’s blood fell to the ground. The Dam HaMacabim has become a symbol of Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day.

On Yom Hazikaron, Israelis honor the memory of Israeli soldiers and civilians who lost their lives in battle for the creation and preservation of the State of Israel, and the memory of all victims of terrorism. In workplaces, at schools and on military bases, memorial ceremonies take place. Military cemeteries are crowded all day with families visiting their lost loved ones, and IDF veterans honoring their fallen comrades. Everywhere, the Torch of Remembrance is lit to perpetuate the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the State of Israel.

A memorial ceremony will take place at Temple Israel, 7255 Granby St. in Norfolk, to commemorate Yom Hazikaron and honor the fallen heroes of Israel. The ceremony will start promptly in Brody Auditorium. The event, which is free of charge and open to the community, will be conducted in Hebrew and English. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony.

RSVP to the Temple Israel office at 757‑489-4550.

It is customary in Israel to dress in white and blue for Yom Hazikaron.

Charitable contributions will be accepted on behalf of the IDF Widows and Orphans Organization, an organization dedicated to providing social, emotional and financial support to the widows and orphans of Israel’s fallen soldiers.

by Mark Solberg

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