In the month of Av,
especially on Tisha B’Av,
terrible things have happened.
Jerusalem was destroyed,
but the Jewish people have returned.
The military cemetery on Mt. Herzl,
is filled with graves of fallen IDF soldiers,
their birthdays celebrated with photos.
So many rows of young people who will not age.
Michael Levin z”l is one lone soldier
from the United States who died ten years ago,
and there too many more to mention.
As the memorial service for Michael Levin ended,
another began nearby.
When a soldier dies in battle,
it is said he has “fallen.”
Falling is the precursor to getting up.
There are too many soldiers who fell too young,
but have left us with a mission and legacy to fulfill.
We must get up and carry on where they left off.
May their memories be for a blessing.