Every year on Yom Hashoah, everything in Israel stops for two minutes.
Schools, businesses, pedestrians and even the ten lanes of traffic on highways.
There is a siren – sirens all over, so that the overlapping sounds distort into something worse than “just” a war-movie siren.
Because this was real. It is real.
For two minutes, Israel stops to remember the six million Jews who died in the Holocaust.
Everything – everyone – stops, and the people step outside and silently remember.