how to say “ghost” in Hebrew: special post for Yom Hashoah
I wrote this morning’s post in advance without looking at the calendar, so I’m adding another post that is more in line with today’s import.
So today, עמק רפאים might be said to mean valley of ghosts.
Last night, רחוב עמק רפאים – Emek Refaim Street – was emptier than usual. As I made this eerie observation, I found it symbolic – that the State of Israel takes one day a year to pause and remember the life that disappeared in the Nazi furnace, the very mass tragedy that prompted the Jewish people to return to their native land after thousands of years and build a booming, wonderful state.
We don’t see ghosts today on Emek Refaim Street.