Dodim (Uncles) Mataan and Aviv
picked up Dassi from Hillel Day School
Israelis have experienced more than their fair share of war. In the nearly Seven Decades of our modern Jewish Homeland, there have been wars and conflicts in every decade. Every able bodied Israeli commits their post High School years to protecting their tiny nation. We are proud that our son,
Mataan has stepped up to serve (post college) in the IDF and is nearly halfway through his 3-year commitment. With that said, we are thrilled he is home this week on leave for a well deserved respite. Because of his respite, my keyboard is also taking time off, so this week's message will be abbreviated. No discussion of Trump's Middle East and European visit. No talk of Russian collusion. No chatter of Healthcare attacks. No shaming of the Education offensive. No mention of our collapsing Antarctic Icebergs. No chitchat of Trump's proposed Budget slashing. I just leave you with this
heartfelt Memorial Day poem entitled Eyes of Blue.
A people persecuted beyond imagination;
To help them he felt, was his obligation.
He joined the army in World War II;
Not knowing his hell would be Eyes of Blue.
When he reached Normandy, the beaches were red.
Crawling over his brothers who lay already dead.
To give this tyrant, this devil his due;
Not knowing his own demons, would be Eyes of Blue.
He rounded a building securing a town;
A young German soldier was just coming round.
He plunged his bayonet, the quicker of the two;
Killing the young soldier, with Eyes of Blue.
He knelt down beside him with tears in his eyes;
How long this moment would last, he did not realize.
He closed the eyes as he thought he should do;
Thinking never again to see those Eyes of Blue.
The victor over many in Germany and Japan;
It was always difficult taking life from a man.
None would haunt him, this he now knew;
As long as the soldier, with Eyes of Blue.
He died an old man, to heaven he went;
For this honorable soldier, mercy was sent.
First time since the war, so sad but true;
A peaceful sleep, not seeing Eyes of Blue.