Dear Uncle Eli,
You are the uncle I never knew.
Even my mother and sister hardly knew you.
As a child, I saw your picture hanging on Grandma’s wall.
As I grew older, your image filled a larger space in the room and also opened a larger space in my heart.
This day of remembrance is a time to join together and call to mind the brave soldiers who defended the state of Israel throughout the years.
Being a part of the IDF means being alert around the clock, since Israel’s borders are constantly fought over. During the holidays, a time when the Jewish people take time to rest and celebrate, it is also important to stand guard.