Friday, May 06, 2005

Yom Hashoah -- in Israel

This is from an email sent by my friend, Pamela Lazarus, to everyone yesterday who has done Sar-El (volunteered on an IDF base). I thought it was beautiful and that you would all appreciate it.

On this Yom Hashoah, I was proud to stand with our Sar-El unit of soldiers as the siren sounded at 10:00 this morning throughout Israel while the whole country came to a standstill. (Those of you who will be here next Wednesday on Yom Hazikaron -Memorial Day- will experience the same thing.) The Holocaust is over but anti-semitism is not; actually it is increasing. On this day, we must reflect on the past & think of the future. It is very sad that in a recent survey, only 44% of Americans could identify Auschwitz, Dachau & Treblinka as concentration camps. In another study, only a third of Americans knew that 6 million Jews were murdered in the Holocaust. It is our duty as Jews to fight anti-semitism. The only way to do this is to never forget what happened to our people—our mothers, fathers, grandparents, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, & friends. The survivor generation is decreasing in number. It is up to the second & third generations, as well as the rest of us, to continue to educate our children, our neighbors, our students so that the Holocaust is never forgotten.

Last night in his address at the ceremony at Yad Vashem, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said, “The Jews will never again be without a home, without a safe refuge, without protection. Never again will we find ourselves unprepared. Never again.”

In addition to remembering & educating, it is every Jew’s duty (as well as cherished right) to visit Israel. This is our Land.

As I stood with our soldiers, with tears in my eyes during our ceremony here at Sar-El, I thought about how proud I am to be an Israeli citizen living here in Israel. I hope to see more of you & your friends & family here in Israel in the near future.

Pamela Lazarus, Program Coordinator


At 1:42 PM, Blogger Gindy said...

"On this day, we must reflect on the past & think of the future. "


At 2:11 PM, Blogger MissingLink said...

"it is every Jew’s duty (as well as cherished right) to visit Israel."

I think that most of people should be encouraged to visit Israel.
They should see its true democracy, its great friendly people and their determination to survive, to live, to prosper and to remain humane despite all the odds.

At 2:32 PM, Blogger Regular Ron said...

Not only is it a Jewish duty but it also should be a Catholic duty..much like for us to visit Rome.

And very good read as always my dear.

And yes I will stop using the "N" word when describing

Regular Ron

At 2:35 PM, Blogger Esther said...

I agree felis.

And RR -- thank you. He meant Nazis, folks. Other things fall into the "n" word, Regular Ron.

At 2:49 PM, Blogger Regular Ron said...

Sorry :(...

Now as I drag myself with my tail between my leggs...

At 2:51 PM, Blogger Esther said...

LOL!! No need for that. Just trying to keep you out of trouble. ;)

At 6:19 PM, Blogger Regular Ron said...

Esther...I felt so bad for saying that and offending you and my other elder brothers and sisters...That I went straight to the book store ..and asked the clerk of a good over-view on the Jewish faith..

She told me to get this book called.."Jews, God and History"..By Max Dimont...So I bought it and I will give you a full report on it when I'm done.

Again I am sorry.

Regular Ron

At 6:45 PM, Blogger Esther said...

RR, you are too cute. You may be interested in my boyfriend's reaction to this whole thing:

"Wow, isn't it interesting! He's a conservative, right? (I nodded) What a reasoned, intellectual and intelligent response. He's willing to learn. If it had been a liberal (which we both used to consider ourselves until a few years ago), he would have tried to justify his words...probably would have said, 'But Bush DOES act like Hitler, etc...' kind of thing."

We both respect you a great deal. And I'm looking forward to your book review. :)

At 6:56 PM, Blogger Regular Ron said...

Thank you...But I'm a nobody...Just a regular guy who is humble...That's all.

And yes I am a true compasionate conservative/libertarian.

Thank you again...

Regular Ron

At 6:58 PM, Blogger Regular Ron said...

PS....Plus it broke my heart that I offended you.

Honestly...I am sorry

At 7:03 PM, Blogger Esther said...

OK, it's official. My boyfriend is really into you. ;) He is very impressed (as am I) that your reaction was to think about someone else's feelings. He said most people these days...the worst thing you can do is say they're wrong -- they simply freak out. You're a great guy!

And I tried to be gentle when I told you. I didn't mean to freak you out. It was just very out of character for you so I thought you might not be aware of how that might come off sounding. Now calm down. It's all good!

At 2:44 AM, Blogger Tom Carter said...

I read Max Dimont's "Jews, God, and History" many years ago. It's one of the best books I ever read, and I highly recommend it to everyone, even those not doing penance.

At 5:22 AM, Blogger Esther said...

That made me laugh out loud, Tom. Thanks!

At 9:30 AM, Blogger patrickafir said...

"This is our Land."

Not only is that true, and right, but it's a shame that more Jews and gentiles don't stand up in support of the simple right of Israelis to have their tiny strip of land in the one place where Jews have always been all this time.


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