A Somber Day

Yom HaSho’ah: Tomorrow (Wednesday, 30 April) is erev Yom HaSho’ah—Holocaust Memorial Day.  While Thursday is a normal work day, everything will stop mid-morning for the sirens.  It is really something to see everyone stop and stand at attention.   

I finally got around to upgrading the blog, so now I can do podcasting. This is my first attempt, recorded back on 8 April after they did emergency preparedness drills up here in the north and the sirens were going off. Fitting for the upcoming days of serious reflection.

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3 responses to “A Somber Day

  1. The sound quality of the podcast is excellent.

  2. I was at Yad Vashem with my mother on Monday (28/4). As I walked through the exhibits, listening to story after story from the survivors, I couldn’t help but wonder how they lived with the memory of what happened to them.

    I was *so* profoundly affected by my measly little month of Hezbullah rocket fire (my skin crawls at the sound of the siren) that I can’t even fathom surviving something so awesomely terrible as the Shoah.

    I also can’t understand how the world STILL sits by and allows these kinds of things to continue in Rwanda, Darfur, the Sudan, and elsewhere. People stand on their moral soap boxes and think nothing of the enslaved and oppressed women of Saudi Arabia just as they didn’t think of the women of Afghanistan, until 9/11.

    And money will pour like wine into China, despite Tiananmen Square, Tibet, and countless, imprisoned Internet bloggers.

    Walking through Yad Vashem, I didn’t just think about the Jews—though we are still woefully oppressed by the majority of the world—I thought about so much more. While I’m sure that global warming, living green, and the latest Hollywood star to fall from grace are important issues, shouldn’t ending the various Holocausts around the world take precedence?

    We repeat the phrase, “Never Forget” over and over this time of year, just before we board the plane for our fun-filled and expensive vacation in duplicitous, traitorous France. We can’t wait to buy our next German car or cell phone. Worse than that, though, we allow countries like France, German, Great Britain (which merrily left Jews to rot and die on the high seas) China, Russia, and even the US to wave their moral flags in our faces. All the while innocent people in poor forgotten places are murdered on a daily basis by corrupt governments or terrorist organizations.

    It seems to me that the world never even learned what it wasn’t supposed to forget.

    I wish you all profound and enlightening thoughts this Yom HaShoah.

  3. The R&B Hatikva video was somehow hokey and moving at the same time. I really like the addition of the podcast. Very cool. Last night we had a most moving and beautiful Yom Hashoah commemoration. The shoah survivors from our congregation were solemnly escorted into the sanctuary by over 2 dozen children, both survivors and children carried lit yellow yortzeit candles. The keynote was delivered eloquently by a 14 year-old, telling the increidble story of how her grandmother’s family survived being hidden for 2 and a half years in a 2.5 foot tall bunker underneath the home of a gentile neighbor.

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