Message from Yom HaAtzmaut-73th Anniversary of Israel's Independence - MWU Dept of Education - 2021

Message from Yom HaAtzmaut-73th Anniversary of Israel's Independence:
A macabre tribute to Macabi Tzair members in the world who fell in Israel's battles
Dear friends:
So many personal stories are part of the national memory of our young State of Israel... which will arrive Wednesday night to its 73 years of existence as Third Jewish State in the Land of Israel [1]. These are stories of heroism, bravery, total commitment and deep love for this country, the Jewish State; stories that eventually consolidated our reborn national life.
Tens of thousands of Israelis fell into battles, and hundreds of thousands more were injured in defense of the State of Israel, paying, who established and builds the Jewish State day by day, a brutal emotional price to regain our national life in our ancestral land. These are stories of personal loss: young Israelis who gave their own lives to keep this country alive. On this Yom Hazikaron le 'Jalalei Ma' arajot Israel (′′ Memorial Day of Memorial in Israel Wars ′′), we, the Maccabean Movement, commemorate the lives of the Macabi Tzair Olim from around the world who fell defending the State of Israel in its many wars - those young maccabeans who migrated to the State of Israel to join the People of Israel.
We join the pain of the families of the 23,928 victims killed in wars and terrorist attacks mourning for their loved ones, honoring our 59 young maccabeans who died fighting for our right to ′′ Lihiot Am jofshí beartzeinu , eretz Tzion v ' Yirushalaim ′′ [2] - our right to rebuild our national life in our Homeland.
These young Macabi Tzair soldiers came from subsidiaries established in Germany, Argentina, Austria, Bulgaria, Cuba, Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic and Slovakia), Egypt, Scotland, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, and Yugoslavia.
These are their names:
1. Baruj Friedlander
2. Michael Schlesinger
3. Avi Altman
4. Menashe Dejinguer
5. Joseph Shaya Man
6. Zeev Rotman
7. Mordejai Plonsky
8. Mordejai Lijter
9. Meir Brown
10. Dov Bernhard Spitzer
11. Erwin Reuben
12. Aaron Kenner
13. Zelig Wolf Polkowski
14. Abraham Erlanguer
15. Moshe Moritz Tempelhof
16. Hans Gluzman
17. Hans (Janán) Lehman (Leiman)
18. Lavi Zinger
19. Shmuel Sojer
20. Shaul Netter
21. Hugo Zvi Jacobson
22. Dov Ótelsberg
23. Yojan Fleischer
24. Tzvi Schiller
25. Isaac Roth
26. Zvi Lifshitz
27. Benjamin Engelman
28. Dov Weiss
29. Baruj Spitz
30. Shlomo Mautner
31. Yosef Shlomo Gross
32. Zeev Zinguer
33. Eliezer Teijner
34. Asher Brown
35. Mordejai Marco Down
36. Meir Rajamim Arusi
37. Isaac Avot
38. Moshe Gil (Martzuk)
39. Eliyahu Eli Cohen
40. Joseph fruit
41. Moshe Jaim Shifrovitz
42. Ezekiel Regul
43. Uri Zimson
44. Zvi Ricard Laichter
45. Moshe Aroesti
46. Itzjak Strostinsky
47. Daniel Leibowitz
48. Ehud Ben Zvi Drexel
49. Yehuda Hans Glicklich
50. Nathan Schwartz
51. Nehemia Steiner
52. Zeev Rechnitz
53. Arthur Herstig
54. Itzjak Cordoba
55. Moshe Asa
56. Moshe (Sabo) Rajamim
57. Maurice Moshe David Katz Halevi
58. Daniel Levi
59. David Matrani
Yehí zijram baruj.
Of all these heroes, one story: The story of Asher Pardo, Z ′′ L - one of our Macabi Tzair olim who gave his life for our Nation.
Asher (Achko) Pardo, son of Asteria and Aharon (a veteran and active Zionist in Bulgaria, member and leader of Macabi Tzair Bulgaria), was born on July 6, 1918 in the city of Thessaloniki, Greece. When he was 5 years old, he lost his mother and returned with his father to the city of Plovdiv in Bulgaria. After two years he also lost his father and was educated at the house of his grandmother and uncles. Asher graduated with honours from a Hebrew elementary school, was an active madrij of Macabi Hatzair Bulgaria, and since 1935 he was one of the leaders and activists of our pioneering movement.
The British government brutally limited Jew s' entry into their homeland, the Land of Israel. In February 1941, along with his wife, Asher led the first group of ′′ illegal immigrants ′′ to Israel's Land from Bulgaria, who arrived on the ′′ Dorian ′′ ship. He was captured by repressive British authorities and sent to detention camps in Acre and Atlit. After a year and a half of being imprisoned there, he got his release.
In early 1945, the family moved to a camp in Kfar Saba, and since then Asher dedicated himself to our Movement working as a liaison between Bulgarian pioneers, working hard to organize immigration and care for groups of young people who immigrated to Israel.
His service at the Movement delayed his insersion with his group ′′ Eyal ′′ to the settlement in Dedera, east of Hula... but during the War of Independence, when the group needed reinforcements, he was sent there, where he died on Tuesday, 9 from Tamuz 5708, July 16, 1948. He was buried in Dedera. Asher's debts were his wife, a daughter, Noga, and a son who was born after his death.
Asher wrote a poem for his daughter Noga - a poem about the kisses he would give Noga and the kiss he will receive from her after the battle. Those kisses were lost in that final battle of 1948. This is a simple and beautiful poem:
Caution! Slowly!
Here I buried kisses for Noga
This is the daughter, my daughter!
His lips are sweet
And his eyes, embers!
How beautiful and big they are!
And his cheeks - apples
Her hair is curly
Caution! One by one of my buried kisses...
Give mom a kiss
and take one for yourself...
Caution! Open up slow!
No kiss will escape.
And a very warm kiss
Keep well kept for me...
I'll get it back with a kiss from you
When I get back to you, after the war...
Our Nation cries during Yom Hazicaron the loss of our Children. They were the ones who gave all the Jewish people, everywhere, the opportunity to celebrate another year of Israel's Independence. Their sacrifice and pain of so many families were and are the terrible and enormous price that made possible the very life of the State of Israel as a legacy for all the Jews of the world; a State that continues to grow, develop and amaze, even in the face of so many internal challenges and external.
Medinat Israel is our nation's chess board: a nation lifted with enormous suffering and effort; it lived deprivation for 3 decades, and it is, today, one of the most advanced countries on the planet. Let's celebrate your 73 years of life by valuing the sacrifice it meant and means securing your existence, and recognizing the historic and divine redemption your establishment brought to our people, so many times decimated and persecuted.
May we all have the joy of seeing our little Great State always flourishing, growing, fortified with our concrete and physical presence, and at peace, with the acceptance by the Nations of the world of the return of the Jewish people to eretz Tzion viyrushalaim, a the Land of Zion and Jerusalem - Eternal Capital of our people -.
May God bless the State of Israel,
that marks the beginning of our national rebirth,
of our pride recovered,
of our future true as a people.
Jag HaAtzma útt Saméaj!
Happy 73 years, Israel!
Jazak ve ' ematz!
Rabbi Carlos A. Cover up
Vice-Director General & Director of Education
Macabi World Union
[1] The First Jewish State begins at the Conquest of the Land of Israel (Judges era, 1th century B.E.C.) and falls at the end of the era of reigns (initiated by King Saul), with destruction of the First Temple by Nebuchadnezzar and Babylonian Forces (586 BCE). The Second State is recast with the return of Jews from Babylonian Exile in 537 BCE by decision of the new conqueror of the region, Cyrus, King of the region Persia, and is destroyed in 70 e.c. by General Romano Titus, as a result of the Great Revolt against Rome started 3 years ago.
[2] Final phrase of Hatikva, the national anthem of Israel.
Message from Yom HaAtzmaut-73th Anniversary of Israel's Independence - MWU Dept of Education - 2021
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