Yom Ha-Shoah

Holocaust Remembrance Day

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“If there is a spark of hope in this, it is in the power of the family as a sustaining force. Time and again heroic acts were committed by those sent to the camps, for the sake of a father, mother, brother, sister, or child.” – Laurence Rees, Auschwitz: A New History

The disruption and destruction of families was the greatest evil of the Shoah. This is the greatest evil anytime, anywhere, and it takes many forms. It is always with us and in us, and that is why we must always remember.

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“The Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto held their own seders on the night that they began their final uprising against the Nazis on Passover eve 1943. When we pray, we might hear the voices of those who died but also those who survived, who produced astonishingly high birth rates in the displaced persons camps after the war, who had come back from the brink, determined to create new life. We cannot evade death. But we can face it in ways that give our life meaning.” – George Robinson, Essential Judaism

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The hope of humanity is the will to overcome evil with good and to bring new life out of death. For my Jewish friends and ancestors on this day: L’chiam! To life!

“Survival is a privilege which entails obligations. I am forever asking myself what I can do for those who have not survived.” — Simon Wiesenthal

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