Each year on Yom HaZikaron, the IDF Widows and Orphans Organization produces an extremely emotional music video for Yom HaZikaron. This year, the organization is once again helping us internalize the pain of Yom HaZikaron from anywhere in the world.
In January 2023, Kobi Marimi released a new single, “Aba Sheli” (My Father). At the time of its release, Kobi wrote on social media:
When I was little I really wanted to be my parents’ age
I already wanted to be big and independent
One that does not depend on anyone.
I thought I knew everything about life.
Today I understand that my parents are also children.
That each and every one no matter what age and at what point in life is someone’s son or daughter.
And all we need sometimes is a familiar hug from our loved ones.
My new song came out today
I wrote it about my father, my mother, my grandfather, about me.
I think this is the most vulnerable song I’ve released to date and I’m excited to share it with you.
Now this emotional song is back, re-purposed and re-recorded for Memorial Day 2023. And its words take on a whole new meaning among the backdrop of children, young and old, longing to hug their fathers just one more time.
You can find a translation of the song here, though you won’t need it. The images speak for themselves.
Want to connect to the pain of Yom HaZikaron like they do in Israel? Start here. And bring tissues.