Friday, May 06, 2016

How's Your Memory?

The goal of this blog is to create a memorable Shabbat for everyone at the table.
You may not be aware of this, but Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) is a bit controversial in the Jewish world.
(I know what you're thinking: What isn't?)

The controvsey began when the State of Israel declared the holiday, somewhat arbitrarily based on the start of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

No one I know argues that the Holocaust should not be remembered.

No one I know disagrees with this video.

Those who choose not to honor the day say: "We already have a holocaust remembrance day. It's called the 9th of Av."

They have a point. The 9th of Av liturgy includes numerous horrendous attempts to destroy the Jews. Take the Crusades (please) cakewalk. Who wants to remember the Spanish Inquisition and Expulsion? Ever heard of the Russian pogroms? How about the 1919 pogroms? And so on.

But the other side has a point as well.

There was something about the German edition of "let's destroy the Jews" that stands out.

Maybe it has to do with the fact that we have met survivors.

Maybe it has to do with the photos and videos.

But maybe it also has to do with the event itself. It really was  more horrendous than the previous epidodes, as horrendous as they really were.

The Talmud predicts that the final holocaust will be so horrific that it will overshadow all previous holocausts in our minds and memories.

So maybe to single out the European Holocaust for a special remembrance day is.... to hope and pray and believe that it truly was the last.

Shabbat Shalom

and Happy Mother's Day to all mothers out there!

PS - those seeking to strengthen their memory might be interested in this.

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