This time of year is always an emotional one for Jews and for Israel.
Last Thursday was Yom Hashoah when we remember the 6 million men, women and children who died in the Holocaust.
Last night and today, less than a week after, is Yom Hazikaron when we mourn the victims of terror attacks and the 22,993 soldiers who sacrificed their lives to defend and protect our homeland Israel.
This is immediately followed by Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israel's Independence Day, reminding us that those lives were not lost in vain, but also that Israel's very existence is a miracle to be celebrated.
May G-d protect our soldiers, people and country Israel so we may celebrate many more Independence Days.
Happy 64th Israel!