Smadar Shir Miriam's Song

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Miriam's Song

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The story of Miriam Peretz's life the story of a mother and a homeland; of love for the Land of Israel, the State of Israel, and the Jewish people; and of the victory of spirit and faith.

1st Lieutenant Uriel Peretz, commander of a Golani Brigade Special Forces unit, dreamed of becoming the first Moroccan chief of staff of the IDF. But his mother Miriam sensed that her oldest son would not leave Lebanon safely. On the day he was drafted, she became a woman waiting for news of disaster.

In November 1998, Uriel was fatally wounded by an explosive device planted by Hezbollah terrorists. He was 22. Miriam transformed the pain over his death into education and volunteer service. She began to visit schools and military bases, talking about her son's leadership vision.

Tragically, in March 2010 Miriam was forced to face another test. Her second son, Major Eliraz Peretz, was killed in an exchange of fire in the Gaza Strip. He died almost twelve years after he had eulogized his older brother: Sometimes we pay a price for doing the right thing. The price of life. Eliraz, who was 32, left behind a wife and four children, including a baby just two months old.

Overnight, the mother who lost two sons as well as her husband, whose heart couldn't bear the death of his oldest son became a symbol of grief and of strength.

In December 2010, IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi awarded her a medal of appreciation. He said: Miriam's ability to continue to express her deep pain and channel it into a contribution to the education and formation of future generations, serves as an example and model of inspiration for us all.

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Miriam Peretz was born in Casablanca, grew up in the Hazerim immigrant camp in Be'er Sheva, studied education at Ben Gurion University, and then followed her husband to Sharm el-Sheikh. She has raised six children, and shared in the education of thousands of other children as a respected teacher and principal.

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In Miriam's Song, Miriam Peretz gives expression to the unique courage of an exemplary mother, a woman of valor of the Jewish people.

Miriam lost two of her sons, Uriel and Eliraz, in Israel's wars. Yet she celebrates life every day, providing hope and fortitude to many in Israel and around the world.

Miriam's Song will inspire those who read it, as it has inspired me. --Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel

Miriam Ohayon Peretz is a symbol of resilience in Israel.
Miriam's Song is, indeed, a song. It's a song sung to life.

Miriam Peretz didn't intend to be a public figure. Life and its losses thrust heroism upon her. Throughout the book, she retains the humility of her early childhood. There is much to learn from her quiet strength and dignity. Perhaps no lesson she transmits is more powerful than the reminder to appreciate the myriad blessings we each have, even when devastating losses knock us around.--Rivkah Lambert Adler, JPOST

Mrs. Miriam Peretz, a mother who lost two sons in combat when serving with the IDF is important to read. You can extrapolate from her powerful reflections the thoughts of all the other tens of thousands of Israeli mothers, fathers, siblings, wives and children [and even grandchildren] whose lives will never be the same again.

Miriam's Song is an inspiration that will give chizuk. strength to many of us who might not see the half-full cup that life offers us.--Daniel Keren, The Jewish Connection

Those of us who live and work in Israel as journalists and book reviewers for international publications often have to wait until an Israeli bestseller is translated from Hebrew into English. I, for one, am very excited when this occurs, and especially for a biography like Miriam's Song: The Story of Miriam Peretz (Gefen Publishing House, 2016) by Smadar Shir.

... Miriam's Song is replete with courage, faith and commitment, it is also about tragedy and sacrifice. It is a book to read to understand what it means to be a woman, a wife, a mother in Israel today. --Sybil Kaplan, Vancouver Jewish Independent

Some books tell a story that reaches far beyond the pages and the author's own experiences, and that contains the potential to transform the world. One such book is Miriam's Song by Smadar Shir...

... the book deals with some terrible tragedies, and doesn't shy away from the real, emotional angst of all the family members involved...it's actually a very hopeful, inspiring book.

Miriam tells us that we can only do our best to accept God's will, however challenging and painful that sometimes is, and use our strength to live life to the best of our ability, instead of wasting our energy on asking questions that really have no answer.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to try to understand a little of what it means to live in Israel, and to sacrifice for a goal that transcends and transforms the individual or family unit. --Rivka Levy, On Jewish Matters

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