Archive for the ‘Yom HaShoah’ Category
This Sunday, April 11, 2010/27 Nisan 5770 is Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. Memorials, services, etc. will take place on Monday, April 12, 2010. Because Yom HaShoah is a fairly recent holiday on the Jewish calendar, there are no rituals or traditions required when commemorating the death of the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis during World War II. The most important part of the day is to remember in order that such a thing should never happen again. I am particularly struck by the timeliness of a quote that is part of many Yom HaShoah services:
“To look away from evil, is this not the sin of every generation?”
Rabbi’s Chaim Stern and Albert Friedlander
My catalog lists many Holocaust books both fiction and non-fiction accounts of what happened during that terrible time. Perhaps if we can read about the past, learn how to handle bullying behavior, discuss the reactions of mobs and overcome our fear of speaking out, we can work together to prevent future tragedies.
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