Among the many beautiful literary works created in Israel, there are a few that acquired an iconic position. Of those, Alderman’s: “The Silver Platter”, is in a unique position as the ritual text of commemoration for soldiers fallen for the defense of the state. It is recited in ceremonies all over Israel every Yom Hazikaron and is included in many siddurim. This session will explore the circumstances and events that brought about the composition of this outstanding text. They are all to be found within often forgotten, yet very dramatic three weeks of the early days of the state. After unveiling the secrets of its creation, we shall study the poem in depth uncovering references to the past and prophetic visions of the future for the State of Israel.