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Yom Hashoah

Ritual and Shoah Memory

Rabbi Avi Weiss | Posted 07.02.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Avi Weiss

It's 70 years since the Shoah. That generation is dying. The second generation, my generation, is growing older. With all of this unfolding -- how shall we remember into the future?

Uprising

Judith Greenberg, Ph.D. | Posted 06.28.2014 | Religion
Judith Greenberg, Ph.D.

This Yom HaShoah I feel especially engaged in a form of remembering, not only in the sense of thinking about the past, but also in the form of re-membering, or bringing together, members a family created from both blood and friendship.

Holocaust Remembrance Day: Collective Memories and the Vow to Never Forget

Frank Dimant | Posted 06.28.2014 | World
Frank Dimant

Today we commemorate Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) to honour the memories of the over six million victims of the Nazi genocide of World War II, an unprecedented event in human history that saw a third of world Jewry wiped out.

For Yom HaShoah: A Search for Bones in Lithuania

Ellen Cassedy | Posted 06.08.2014 | World
Ellen Cassedy

On Yom HaShoah, we remember the Jews killed in the Holocaust. Also on my mind will be a little town in Lithuania, and a white-haired man searching for a way to pay his respects to the dead.

How Do We Speak Of The Holocaust Today?

William Daroff | Posted 04.15.2013 | Religion
William Daroff

More than 100,000 Holocaust Survivors living today in the United States suffered the worst oppression and brutality in human history. Now, they are increasingly frail and debilitated, and many are living below the poverty line.

Israeli Society and the Holocaust

Avi Ben-Hur | Posted 06.11.2013 | World
Avi Ben-Hur

Despite the large number of Holocaust survivors in Israeli society in its early years, the subject of the Holocaust was not extensively dealt with educationally during the state's first decades.

Holocaust Survivor Werner Reich on Magic, Laughter, and 'The Great Nivelli'

Sandi Bachom | Posted 06.10.2013 | World
Sandi Bachom

April 8 was Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah). It is the solemn occasion of the 70th year marking the murder of six million Jews and the uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto. Survivors like Werner are the last eyewitnesses, they are our most precious resource.

Priests, Healing And The Holocaust

Benjamin Barer | Posted 06.09.2013 | Religion
Benjamin Barer

Leviticus is teaching us that the holiest of work, even when we are suffering under the burden of our own grief, is to help bring healing to others.

President Obama Statement On Yom Hashoah

Posted 04.08.2013 | Religion

Statement from the President on Yom Hashoah I join people here in the United States, in Israel, and around the world in observing Holocaust Remembr...

The Invisible Tattoo

Marisa Fox | Posted 06.08.2013 | Impact
Marisa Fox

The Holocaust isn't just about tattoos and the dead. My mother, who's been dead for almost 20 years, told me a fictionalized account of her childhood to edit this chapter entirely out of her narrative.

Not Why But How: Marking Yom HaShoah

Julie Gray | Posted 06.08.2013 | World
Julie Gray

But the primary organizing event on Yom HaShoah is the sounding of a nationwide siren. The siren perpetuates a consciousness of tragedy and paranoia. And this feeling seeps into the national identity in ways that create a template for Israel's policies and politics -- with devastating effect.

Remembering The Holocaust, Turning To Kindness

Rabbi Michael Bernstein | Posted 06.08.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Bernstein

The Holocaust was brought about by the opposite of hesed, by malice and treatment of human beings with clinical cruelty for the purpose of demeaning, debasing and destroying. How do we face such a legacy?

Reflections On The 70th Anniversary Of The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

Rabbi Avi Weiss | Posted 06.08.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Avi Weiss

Many believe the Nazis attacked that night to send a message that Passover, the Day of Liberation, should be transformed into a Day of Destruction. The fighters, led by Mordechai Anielewicz, stunned the Germans, killing and wounding German soldiers.

I Believe: Words To Honor The Martyrs Of The Holocaust

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 06.08.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

There are simply no words to describe the atrocities of the Shoah. There are no explanations. It is so challenging to even know what to feel. That is why my second visit to Babi Yar was so much more powerful than my first. It was the singing.

Israel Comes To Standstill To Mark Holocaust

AP | ARON HELLER | Posted 06.08.2013 | World

JERUSALEM — Among the crowds marking Israel's annual Holocaust remembrance day at the Yad Vashem memorial Monday was a retired American Air Forc...

Israel Begins Holocaust Remembrance Day

AP | ARON HELLER | Posted 06.07.2013 | World

JERUSALEM — Israel dedicated its annual memorial day for the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust to mark 70 years to the Warsaw ghetto uprisi...

I Need Only Remember My Name: Thoughts on Holocaust Memorial Day

Rabbi Lawrence Troster | Posted 06.05.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Lawrence Troster

I don't need Holocaust memorials to remind me of the loss of Lejzor Trajster and his family, or any of the rest of our families that by chance and the cruelty of nations never made it out of Europe. I need only remember my name.

On Holocaust Memorial Day, Re-Imagining the Shoah

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 06.04.2013 | Religion
Abraham H. Foxman

One of the most disturbing and paradoxically important questions to arise out of the ashes of the Holocaust is not so much the question of why six million Jews and millions of others were systematically annihilated, but the question of "what if... ?"

The Importance Of Holocaust Memorial Day

Karen Pollock | Posted 04.06.2013 | Religion
Karen Pollock

Whilst the Holocaust is an intensely personal Jewish tragedy, it is a tragedy with universal resonance. This national day has become something that Holocaust survivors deeply value.

Obama To Speak At Holocaust Museum

AP | Posted 04.20.2012 | Religion

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will mark the annual commemoration of the Holocaust during a speech Monday at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum ...

Thoughts Born From Yom HaShoah 2012

Rabbi Ted Falcon | Posted 06.20.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Ted Falcon

There is no adequate way to embrace the horrors of annihilation, of the Jewish people and of so many others, during those terrible Nazi years. Beyond name though it might be, it is important to remember, not only for our own sake, but also for the world's.

What Do We Really Remember On Yom HaShoah?

Chava Tombosky | Posted 06.19.2012 | Religion
Chava Tombosky

We must ask ourselves: Do we see our eyes filled with resentment and anger, or do we search our eyes for wisdom and sincere gratitude for having been given the determination to persevere despite the raw pain and ghosts that haunt us?

Holocaust Remembrance Day: How You Can Help Preserve The Memory Of The Holocaust

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 04.19.2012 | Impact

The horrific stories of the 6 million Jews who were gassed, starved and shot point blank throughout the Holocaust are well documented. But the number ...

How This Miami Holocaust Survivor Is Working To Fight Terror

The Huffington Post | Christiana Lilly | Posted 05.09.2012 | Miami

Writer and Holocaust survivor Elie Weisel once said, “I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation...

Yom HaShoah: A Day To Remember The Good We Lost

Andrea Strongwater | Posted 06.19.2012 | Religion
Andrea Strongwater

This year, I am choosing to remember what was lost and trying to bring it back to its place in history where not just the murders, but the culture, will be remembered.