Yom Ha'zikaron

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A Shinshinit's Reflections on Yom Hazikaron

By Michal Katzman
April 28, 2017

Michal Katzman is a 19-year-old Shinshinit in Cleveland.  She shared meaningful reflections on Yom Hazikaron, her family, and being in the U.S. during Israel's Memorial Day.

 



 More on the Song Featured in the Video:  

שום דבר לא יפגע בי | Nothing Will Hurt Me
("Shum Davar Lo Ifga Bi")

This song was created from a letter written by Lt. Erez Shtark. He was 21 when he was killed in Israel's worst air disaster in history.

Click this link to hear the song performed by Knesiyat HaSechel

שום דבר לא יפגע בי, שום דבר

לא אישה לא כדור מחבלים, שום דבר

כי ככה נשבעתי לאחי, אחותי, להורים

ובכיתי בלילות ודאגתי בימים

כי פחדתי שמשהו יפגע בהורים

וקולו של אבי מהדהד לי בראש כבר שנים

Nothing will hurt me, nothing,

Not a woman, not a terrorist's bullet, nothing,

Because I swore so to my brother, my sister, my parents,

And I cried during the nights and I worried during the days,

Because I was afraid that something would hurt my parents,

And the voice of my father has been echoing in my head now for years:

אם יקרה לך משהו

אין לי טעם לחיים

אין לי טעם למחר

אין לי טעם לחיים

אין לי טעם למחר

"If anything were to happen to you,

My life would have no meaning,

Tomorrow would have no purpose,

My life would have no meaning,

Tomorrow would have no purpose,"

אם אתם עומדים כאן מעלי

כנראה שלא עמדתי בהבטחתי

מצטער, בחיי

מצטער, בחיי

מצטער, בחיי

If you're standing over me,

I guess I didn't keep my promise,

I'm sorry, I'm so sorry,

I'm sorry, I'm so sorry,

I'm sorry, I'm so sorry,

אם יקרה לך משהו...

If anything were to happen to you...

שום דבר לא יפגע בי

שום דבר

לא אישה לא כדור מחבלים

שום דבר

Nothing will hurt me,

Nothing,

Not a woman, not a terrorist's bullet,

Nothing.