גלי צה"ל (Army Radio): The Songs of Fallen Soldiers
Every Yom HaZikaron in Israel, the day of remembrance for its fallen soldiers, the radio and television stations broadcast the names and images of Israel's lost sons and daughters. More than a decade ago, Israel's Army Radio (גלי צה"ל) began a project in which major Israeli artists compose songs with lyrics written by the fallen soldiers and victims of terror. The songs reflect the soldier's life and spirit, and are played throughout the year in memorium. Below, please take a look at some examples from Army Radio with related discussion questions.
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"בלי לומר מילה"
(Without Saying a Word)
by Shalom Chanoch
A song about: A soldier who returns for a short visit to spend precious time together with his girlfriend. Meanwhile, the war rages on and he must return, which he does, "without saying a word."
Related question: A soldier has the heavy responsibility to keep his friends, family and neighbors safe. For whom (or what) do you feel responsible?
by Eviatar Banai
A song about: A young man asks his father to tell him he loves him and that he is doing everything he's supposed to do. He needs his father to say these things one more time, before the father heads back to Miluim (army reserves).
Related question: If you could talk to someone only one more time, what would you want to know?
by Roni Dalumi (based on words by Benyamin Frankel, a soldier who died during service in 1974)
A song about: Letting a loved one (a soldier) go do whatever his heart desires because life is short and he may not return.
Related question: What are things that are important to hold on to?
"שיר של אחרי מלחמה"
(The Song You Sing After the War)
by Arik Einstein
A song about: The ageless story of soldiers returning from war and the loved ones waiting for them. The song has been sung before - it is the song of hope. When the soldier returns to the arms of a loved one, that means the war is over.
Related question: What are the tangible and intangible things you carry through high times and low times?
"האביב כך כל פה קצר"
(Spring is So Brief Over Here)
Lyrics by David Grossman, Music by Yehuda Poliker
A song about: Comparing the short burst of springtime to the loss of a young soldier, as seen through the eyes of a parent.
Related question: If life had no limits, what how would you spend your time?
- "When the Shark and the Fish First Met" by Gilad Shalit - a story and resource
- Red Flowers to Remember You By
- Shin Shinim speak about Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha'atzmaut
- Resources for Yom HaZikaron
- "Music and Community on Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha'atzmaut"
- "The Train Stopped"
- Translated Hebrew poems for Yom HaZikaron from the Israel Center