Background

Every Yom Ha'zikaron in Israel - the day of remembrance for fallen soldiers and victims of terror - the radio and television stations broadcast the names and images of Israel's lost sons and daughters. More than a decade ago, Galei Tzahal (גלי צה"ל, "Army Radio") 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 soldier returns for a short visit to spend precious time with his girlfriend. Meanwhile, the war rages on and he must return, which he does "without saying a word."

 

"אבא" ("Father") by Eviatar Banai

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 (מילואים, "army reserves").

 

"שלחי אותו" ("Send Him") by Roni Dalumi

This song is based on words by Benyamin Frankel, a soldier who fell in the line of duty in 1974.

Hebrew lyrics

Letting a loved one (a soldier) do whatever his heart desires because life is short and he may not return.

 

"שיר של אחרי מלחמה" ("The Song You Sing After the War") by Arik Einstein

Hebrew lyrics

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.

 

"קצר פה כל כך האביב" ("Spring is So Brief Over Here")

Lyrics by David Grossman, Music by Yehuda Poliker

Full lyrics (Hebrew and English)

Comparing the short burst of springtime to the loss of a young soldier, as seen through the eyes of a parent. 

 

  • For whom (or what) do you feel responsible?
  • If you could talk to someone only one more time, what would you want to know? 
  • What are the tangible and intangible things you carry through high times and low times?