Sunday, November 09, 2008

1938 - 2008

Today, seventy years after the Kristallnacht, our daughter will sing - with her school's choir - at the residence of the president of Israel, Shimon Peres, during the official ceremony in remembrance of Yitzhak Rabin's murder, thirteen years ago. Her grandfather, who seventy years ago was an almost six months old baby in Czernowitz ( where he and his parents survived the Holocaust ), will accompany her. One of the songs that the choir will sing is "Crying for you". The song was originally written by Aviv Geffen for Arik Einstein ( whose version I posted here ). Aviv Geffen performed the song at the peace demonstration on November 4th 1995, just minutes before Yitzhak Rabin z"l was murdered. The song has been sung at almost every ceremony in honor of Rabin ever since, I believe. PS: Last night I saw the Rabin memorial demonstration in Tel Aviv on television. Tzippi Livni gave an(other: she also spoke at the memorial a few years ago) impressive and convincing speech, but there was also an embarrassing performance by an American union man and Obama-campaigner, James Hoffa, who happened to be in Israel. Even though I was only watching the television screen I did not know where to look when he said that Yitzhak Rabin would have been happy to see Mr Obama elected, and when he tried to get the crowd shouting "Yes we can" together with him. He seems to be a nice guy and he might be a very good friend of Israel, but I have no idea why and how he ended up being one of the speakers last night.

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