מציבה למרת שולמית בלימא בולאג
ההספד שנשא נכדה אוריאל אליהו
At the הקמת מציבה for Mimi Bollag ע"ה the Hesped by her grandson Uri Bollag
Dear Opi, (Grampa)
Dear Papi (Daddy) and Ruth,
Dear Family and Friends,
One and a half weeks ago Am Yisrael mourned the victims of the Shoah and then during the following week the fallen soldiers of Yisrael. Then Am Yisrael celebrated Yom Ha'atzmaut. Today we gather together to observe our own day of rememberance, that of our Omi.
This time of the year, full with sadness and happiness in the modern history of our people, is so befitting to be the time of Omi's yom hazikaron because these events have marked Omi's whole life. As a young girl Omi herself experienced horrors of the Shoah, horrors which instill unspeakable feelings and fears that accompany people their entire lives, and which did so for Omi. Nevertheless these events have created an affiliation and connection to Am Yisrael to which Omi clung her entire life. More than anything else Omi mourned the loss of her sister Naomi whose murder raised questions that were never satisfactorily answered; the enormity of the numbers of murdered brothers and sisters being such that retelling the history of each and every lost soul is not possible.
And yet, as Omi on a Yom Hashoa mourned and remembered, on Yom Ha'atzmaut she observered and celebrated. She regarded the State of Israel as the happiness that the catastrophe of the Holocaust unleashed, as the Triumph of God's people against another villain whose mission to destroy the Jews failed, and as a miracle that created a new history and future for the Jews.
It is not without reason that these days of joy immediately follow the days of mourning the lost heroes of our people and country. This roller coaster of emotions reflects the rationalism and realism of our faith. No happiness can be valued without previous suffering and no suffering without subsequent happiness can be endured. Through the course of history it has been confirmed time and time again that Judaism itself could never have survived, let alone been strengthened, during the millennia of diaspora without constant persecution of and threat to the Jewish community.
In light of this, it is the duty of virtually every Jewish generation, to maintain its identity and to trust in G-d's protection, and to choose life and happiness over death and mourning. Omi did this, and as her descendants it is our duty to emulate her. So we are here today to mourn the loss of our beloved wife, mother and grandmother, but at the same time celebrate her life, achievements and heritage.
Omi's personal revenge against the perpetrators of the Holocaust, Yimach Shemom, consisted of maintaining her faith, starting a new life, marrying and raising a family, expanding Judaism rather than decimating it.
The Glasner dynasty whose reign ended abruptly and violently, and one of whose last witnesses was Omi, is being continued. Although we cannot match the Gadlus b'Torah of our Hungarian ancestors, we try to continue their legacy by maintaning their traditions, by sharing their Jewish beliefs, their courage and their integrity.
I have so many more questions to ask Omi that will never be answered. And I yearn to taste her food, to interact Omi and Opi in their living room, and to climb with her the Trutz (a mountain in St. Moritz); also these desires will remain unfulfilled. But Omi will never be forgotten by us, her liveliness always remain before our eyes and the Hungarian blood far more than just a quarter of our heritage, will contiue to flow in our veins. And when, one day in the distant future, Omi's memory fades with our generation, then small Schulamis Bliime will continue the history writing as Omi Mimi.
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