Here are some lyrics for Balada LaChovesh and Hakotel which we performed tonight as part of a Yom Hazikaron program immediately prior to the Yom Ha'atzmaut festivities.
Regardless of how one views the State of Israel and Yom Ha'atzmaut, I think it behooves us all to at least stop and recognize the tremendous sacrifices made by Israeli soldiers and their families, many of whom have to deal with the pain of losing a father, brother, husband, or son who gave his life to protect other Jews.
Unfortunately, there are many, especially in Israel, but here in the US too, who find it beneath them to honor the soldiers and their loved ones. In Israel, some Chareidim make a point of actively disrespecting the national moment of silence. Is it really so difficult to be sensitive to others? This, even if just the actions of a few,ought to be condemned by all chareidi leaders in Israel. Would that they would! Unfortunately, the biblical commandment to refrain from paining widows and orphans is ignored in favor of sending a message of some sort. It's hard to see anything positive coming out of this, but the chillul Hashem for the average Israeli, and for this Jew too, is great.
So, read through these lyrics, based on real life, and take a moment to reflect and appreciate our soldiers, who guided by the values of Torat Yisrael, put their lives on the line for Eretz Yisrael and Am Yisrael.