The day of Mickey

מיקי

This is the day of Mickey.
Once in a year it is the day of Mickey.
Every Israeli has his Miki, or David or Ron or Dafna.
A friend, a father, a brother, a son, even a mother or a daughter – and quite often more then one – that it is their day.
The day of the ones we miss and will never be back, the ones who were killed in battle, bombed, or murdered by terrorists.
We Take one day every year, so we can all remember what we lost, together, as a nation.
For me – it is the day of Mickey.
Every year – my memories are about Mickey.
Mickey was a young soldier, a friend, a Tank driver, a funny guy, a commander, a happy young man, he didn’t like the army too much, he was brilliant, he knew this is his duty, he wanted to live, he was an honest guy.
He was killed on January 26, 1992, only few days before his 3 years of military service had ended.

[Chami Zemach]

In memory of Mickey Levanon
לזכרו של מיקי לבנון

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The 1967 picture

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Do you recognize the man standing in the middle of this group of kids ?
Listen to this story:
I went to meet my old friend (80) Yitzhak Ben Israel today, an old and wise friend of mind, living in Rehovot.
The TV was on at his apartment and the movie on the screen was “The Ugly Duckling”, starring Danny Kaye.
My old friend asked me: “Have I already told you about how I got to play the Accordion with Danny Kaye ?
- Whatttt ????
- Yes I did.
- Whennnn ????? Where ????
So my friend tells me: It was 1967, few months after the 6 days war. Me and some friends wanted to drive together to the Sea of Galilee. We took a car and drove to Tiberius where we saw a very long car line driving north. My friend stopped one of the drivers and asked where they are heading. The driver said there is a big show in Kibbutz Ein-Gev (on the other side of the lake).
What big show ? – he asked.
Danny Kaye, was the answer.
We were all amazed. Imagine someone will tell you today that Elton John will make a show in a nearby community center. We immediately got into the car and joined the line, speechless. It appeared that Kaye, being an ambassador of UNICEF came to Israel to meet with Israeli kids after the war has ended.
When we got to the Kibbutz we saw Danny Kay standing in the grass yard, surrounded by few dozen young kids and their teacher and went closer. Danny asked the kids if they wanted him to sing and they cheered up, but then he said that there is one problem and that is that he has no music to sing with. My friend ran to his car in no time, pulled out my Accordion and brought it with him. Then he dressed me up and pushed me forward. The funniest thing was that there was another accordionist there that the same thing happened to him, so within few minutes we were 2 accordionists there with Danny.
Danny asked if I know how to play his songs and I said “Yes”. I really knew them all.
This is me in the picture between the young kids of Kibbutz Ein-Gev, looking at Danny Kay, playing the Accordion as he sings “The Ugly Duckly”.

[Chami Zemach]


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Congratulations ! I have a… Novel / Chami Zemach

My dear friends, Where ever you are in the world.

I would like to share my deep excitement with you all, as my first novel was published today.
The name of the book is “Hamra”, a Hebrew ward that refers to the red-brown color of the soil in some areas in Israel.
I started writing the novel just after we came back home from our world tour, about two and a half years ago and one of the best Israeli publishers “Bialik institute” decided they want to bublish the book on their label.
The book would be out on the stores in Israel very soon and the next goal would be to find good publishers in other countries who would take the responsibility to publish the book in other languages.

Join us in our excitement of this birth of a new Israeli novel.

[Chami Zemach]

כריכה קדמית

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Michal and Aya

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Michal and Aya are soul mates.
You never saw such a friendship between two kids.
They are very close friends since they were born and nothing could separate between them. They actually live at each other (lucky it is only 50 m. away).
Yesterday Aya flew with her family to the US (Bay area) for two years. The past few weeks were dedicated for preparing the two great friends for this moment to come.
We know that kids adjust quickly to changes but we are really sad for the two of them.
A friendship like that is very hard to find.

It was important for us to show you that even in a time like this – people are living in Israel and dealing with other issues then war.
It is very important to understand that we fight against terror for keeping on with this life.
Unfortunately, in the Middle East, practicing everyday’s life is not obvious.
From time to time you have to fight to be able to continue.

Chami and Oksana Zemach

המשפחה הישראלית The Israeli Family

On the pic: Aya and Michal, yesterday

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Free Gaza ?– What does it mean ?

WHAT DOES IT MEAN

July 15, 2014

I see people around the world carrying signs saying “Free Gaza” and I would really like to know: What does it mean ?

That Israel will come out of the Gaza stirp ?
- We already did it 9 years ago. There is not even one Israeli inside the Gaza strip since then.

That Israel will let ships into the Gaza harbour so Hamas can recieve more bombs and rockets from Iran Without interruption ?
- Sorry, but we don’t do those kind of things.

Open the border between Israel and Gaza so they can bring in food, toys and every civil equipment and goods they need ?
- We do that every day. Even during those days of war.

Open the border between Gaza and Egypt ?
- Please call the Egyptians. This one is not our responsibility.

Supply them with water and electricity ?
- We are doing it non-stop.

Help the Gaza civillians get rןd of the Hamas who is terrorising them every hour every day ?
- We are trying to do so right now as they are terrorising not only the Palestinan kids but also our Israeli kids.

Join us in trying to get rid of Hamas.
Gaza will be a better place then.
The Gaza families will thank you.

[Chami Zemach   -   July 14, 2014]

המשפחה הישראלית The Israeli Family

 

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Graduating from the school year

המשפחה הישראלית סוף שנה תשעד

The past few weeks were dramatic among the Israeli society and there is much more drama probably to come untill this session of hatered and political manipulations will end for a while.
Among the recent events, the Israeli girls and boys finished their school year on the last days of June and started the summer vacation.
Gali finished her 10th grade and had her first two “Bagrut” (final tests) tests. On the upcoming vacation she will be a teacher at the summer activities for the younger kids in our region.
Tamar graduated from her elementary shool (8 years) and next year she will go to high school. She is a brilliant student and as a very diligent teen she is looking for a job for the summer vacation.
Michal just finished her first year at school and now she is started her intensive summer activities.
We would like to wish all the Israeli families and all our friends around the world a safe and happy summer. Watch your kids closely, keep them safe, enjoy the holiday and keep in touch.
From your Israeli Family: Oksana, Chami, Yulia, Gali, Tamar and Michal.
המשפחה הישראלית The Israeli Family

 

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Remember – terror is blind – It could be any one of us !

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The hearts of all Israeli families go to those of the three boys who were kidnapped by evil terrorists on their way home to watch the opening game on the world cup soccer championship.
It is so sad that while billions around the world prepared themselves to watch the game, there were few who prepared their final moves to kidnap those three teens.
Join our hope that the three families’ loved ones will soon return home safe and well.
Remember – terror is blind – It could be any one of us !

Oksana and Chami Zemach

המשפחה הישראלית The Israeli Family

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The Jewish Museum attack in Brussels

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A hard picture – but reality is much hurder

The Jewish museum in the heart of Brussels ( Musée juif de Belgique) was a quiet – peacefull – modest building untill yesterday. Not many tourists ever heard of this place and when we went to visit the museum as part of our world tour on October 2011, we were the only visitors at the museum.

Yesterday it was two Israeli tourists and two of the museum’s staff who were the direct victims of the terror attack and we do not have to wait for the Belgium police invastigation to know that the motive was anti-semitic, aimed against Jewish ans Israeli targets.

For years the incitement against Jews and against Israel is well mixed by politicians and many organizations around the world. It succeeds to excite the minds of many people who believe that the work of the Nazis was interrupted in the middle only a bit less then 70 years ago.

It is very important that we will listen to the language that is used by Jewish people in Europe when they try to describe what is happening in Europe today. The hatered is everywhere and if will not be afraid of the truth we will find out that anti-semitism is everywhere, just as it used to be in the 30s.

With great regret,

Chami Zemach

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THE DECLARATION OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL – May 14, 1948

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On May 14, 1948, on the day in which the British Mandate over a Palestine expired, the Jewish People’s Council gathered at the Tel Aviv Museum, and approved the following proclamation, declaring the establishment of the State of Israel. The new state was recognized that night by the United States and three days later by the USSR.
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ERETZ-ISRAEL [(Hebrew) - the Land of Israel, Palestine] was the birthplace of the Jewish people. Here their spiritual, religious and political identity was shaped. Here they first attained to statehood, created cultural values of national and universal significance and gave to the world the eternal Book of Books.
After being forcibly exiled from their land, the people kept faith with it throughout their Dispersion and never ceased to pray and hope for their return to it and for the restoration in it of their political freedom.
Impelled by this historic and traditional attachment, Jews strove in every successive generation to re-establish themselves in their ancient homeland. In recent decades they returned in their masses. Pioneers, ma’pilim [(Hebrew) - immigrants coming to Eretz-Israel in defiance of restrictive legislation] and defenders, they made deserts bloom, revived the Hebrew language, built villages and towns, and created a thriving community controlling its own economy and culture, loving peace but knowing how to defend itself, bringing the blessings of progress to all the country’s inhabitants, and aspiring towards independent nationhood.
In the year 5657 (1897), at the summons of the spiritual father of the Jewish State, Theodore Herzl, the First Zionist Congress convened and proclaimed the right of the Jewish people to national rebirth in its own country.
This right was recognized in the Balfour Declaration of the 2nd November, 1917, and re-affirmed in the Mandate of the League of Nations which, in particular, gave international sanction to the historic connection between the Jewish people and Eretz-Israel and to the right of the Jewish people to rebuild its National Home.
The catastrophe which recently befell the Jewish people – the massacre of millions of Jews in Europe – was another clear demonstration of the urgency of solving the problem of its homelessness by re-establishing in Eretz-Israel the Jewish State, which would open the gates of the homeland wide to every Jew and confer upon the Jewish people the status of a fully privileged member of the comity of nations.
Survivors of the Nazi holocaust in Europe, as well as Jews from other parts of the world, continued to migrate to Eretz-Israel, undaunted by difficulties, restrictions and dangers, and never ceased to assert their right to a life of dignity, freedom and honest toil in their national homeland.
In the Second World War, the Jewish community of this country contributed its full share to the struggle of the freedom- and peace-loving nations against the forces of Nazi wickedness and, by the blood of its soldiers and its war effort, gained the right to be reckoned among the peoples who founded the United Nations.
On the 29th November, 1947, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling for the establishment of a Jewish State in Eretz-Israel; the General Assembly required the inhabitants of Eretz-Israel to take such steps as were necessary on their part for the implementation of that resolution. This recognition by the United Nations of the right of the Jewish people to establish their State is irrevocable.
This right is the natural right of the Jewish people to be masters of their own fate, like all other nations, in their own sovereign State.
ACCORDINGLY WE, MEMBERS OF THE PEOPLE’S COUNCIL, REPRESENTATIVES OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITY OF ERETZ-ISRAEL AND OF THE ZIONIST MOVEMENT, ARE HERE ASSEMBLED ON THE DAY OF THE TERMINATION OF THE BRITISH MANDATE OVER ERETZ-ISRAEL AND, BY VIRTUE OF OUR NATURAL AND HISTORIC RIGHT AND ON THE STRENGTH OF THE RESOLUTION OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY, HEREBY DECLARE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A JEWISH STATE IN ERETZ-ISRAEL, TO BE KNOWN AS THE STATE OF ISRAEL.
WE DECLARE that, with effect from the moment of the termination of the Mandate being tonight, the eve of Sabbath, the 6th Iyar, 5708 (15th May, 1948), until the establishment of the elected, regular authorities of the State in accordance with the Constitution which shall be adopted by the Elected Constituent Assembly not later than the 1st October 1948, the People’s Council shall act as a Provisional Council of State, and its executive organ, the People’s Administration, shall be the Provisional Government of the Jewish State, to be called “Israel”.
THE STATE OF ISRAEL will be open for Jewish immigration and for the Ingathering of the Exiles; it will foster the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants; it will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel; it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex; it will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture; it will safeguard the Holy Places of all religions; and it will be faithful to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations.
THE STATE OF ISRAEL is prepared to cooperate with the agencies and representatives of the United Nations in implementing the resolution of the General Assembly of the 29th November, 1947, and will take steps to bring about the economic union of the whole of Eretz-Israel.
WE APPEAL to the United Nations to assist the Jewish people in the building-up of its State and to receive the State of Israel into the comity of nations.
WE APPEAL – in the very midst of the onslaught launched against us now for months – to the Arab inhabitants of the State of Israel to preserve peace and participate in the upbuilding of the State on the basis of full and equal citizenship and due representation in all its provisional and permanent institutions.
WE EXTEND our hand to all neighbouring states and their peoples in an offer of peace and good neighbourliness, and appeal to them to establish bonds of cooperation and mutual help with the sovereign Jewish people settled in its own land. The State of Israel is prepared to do its share in a common effort for the advancement of the entire Middle East.
WE APPEAL to the Jewish people throughout the Diaspora to rally round the Jews of Eretz-Israel in the tasks of immigration and upbuilding and to stand by them in the great struggle for the realization of the age-old dream – the redemption of Israel.
PLACING OUR TRUST IN THE “ROCK OF ISRAEL”, WE AFFIX OUR SIGNATURES TO THIS PROCLAMATION AT THIS SESSION OF THE PROVISIONAL COUNCIL OF STATE, ON THE SOIL OF THE HOMELAND, IN THE CITY OF TEL-AVIV, ON THIS SABBATH EVE, THE 5TH DAY OF IYAR, 5708 (14TH MAY,1948).

 

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Happy new year !

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From our small country on the middle of the globe, we would like to wish all our friends around the world, a happy new year.
May it be a year of peace and health, of happiness and prosperity to all of the poeple everywhere around the world.
From people of Israel and from all the Israeli families.

HAPPY NEW YEAR
с Новым годом
नया साल मुबारक हो
bhliain nua sásta
boldog új évet
Շնորհավոր Նոր Տարի
Gelukkig Nieuwjaar
Chúc mừng năm mới
明けましておめでとうございます
novus annus
ευτυχισμένο το νέο έτος
mutlu yeni yıl
גליקלעך נייַ יאָר
Godt Nyttår
furaha ya mwaka mpya
新年好
Szczęśliwego nowego roku
feliz ano novo
سال نو مبارک
bonne année
feliz año nuevo
มีความสุขปีใหม่
gott nytt år
masaya bagong taon
Šťastný Nový Rok
سنة جديدة سعيدة
שנה טובה

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