b'JEWISH CALENDAR COMPANIONCaptain Avraham Bren Adan raising the Ink Flag at Umm Rashrash (a site now in Eilat), marking the end of the War of Independence. Credit: Government Press Officeremind us not only of the miracles God performed for us, but we recite repeatedly the names of our ancestors Avraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rivka, Jacob, Rachel and Leah, Moses, Aharon, Miriam, David. In many communities the six Daily Remembrances are also recited after Shacharit. In these the stories at the heart of our formation are told over and over againThe Exodus from Egypt, The giving of the Torah , The attack by Amalek , The sin of the golden calf , The Lashon hara of Miriam, and Shabbat . As well as remembering people, both the good and not so good, our prayers recall our heritage; where we started from and where we are & where we are still hoping to get to. We are almost there. After thousands of years we are blessed to have seen Israel returned to the Jewish people, Jerusalem in the process of rebuilding and access to pray at the Kotel. However, before we can rejoice or give thanks we must always remember the coststhe hard work and sacrifice that it took to get here. Therefore it makes perfect sense that just before the joy and jubilation of Yom Haatzmaut, we pause to reflect and remember the costthe lives of the fallen, mostly young men and women who paid the ultimate price to ensure the prayers of thousands of their ancestors over thousands of years could be answered. It falls upon us, the living, to repay them by ensuring that Jerusalem and Israel remain in Jewish hands for the next many thousands of years.49'