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Yom HaShoah

Bundle of small Israeli flags

Just as each of us goes through a process of self-examination during the Days of Repentence in Tishrei, this week is an opportunity to do so on a collective and national level.

Rabbi Josh Weinberg
Screenshot of a Zoom call featuring three teenagers and one elderly man

To close out this year's observance of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, Reform Jewish teen leaders spoke with Holocaust survivor Ralph Rehbock to hear his story and talk about finding hope in times of darkness. 

Kate Kaput
Hands holding a yellow fabric star like the one worn by Jewish victims of the Holocaust

Today especially
i am grateful for a life to call mine
the bright sunshine 
on a day we remember when millions died

Lucie Waldman
Closeup of the hands of an elderly woman holding a small bouquet of yellow wildflowers

In this time of COVID-19, my mother will likely spend her upcoming 100th birthday sheltering at home with her caregiver.  I asked her how this tsura (tragedy) is different from the time of Hitler.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
A pair of feet faced with a choice: do good or do bad, which are noted on the ground in front of the feet

People often ask me: How could a good God allow the Holocaust to happen? The best answer to this question, I believe, lies in the biblical story of Cain and Abel.

Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs
A child's shoe and sock from the museum exhibit

The artifacts displayed in a major new exhibit, “Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away.,” are what remain, despite the perpetrators’ attempts to conceal their crimes.

Paul Salmons
A row of small candles, all lit

On Yom HaShoah, I will attend a ceremony at Yad Vashem. While it would be good to hear Israeli leaders talk about anti-Semitism in the past tense, I doubt it will happen.

Chelsea Feuchs
Closeup view from the bottom of the Statue of Liberty looking up against a blue sky background

On the eve of Yom HaShoah, the Kraus Family Foundation and the Union for Reform Judaism announced a new initiative to galvanize people to action around the immigration and refugee crisis in the U.S.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Ed Asner and Tovah Feldshuh in a scene from The Soap Myth

The Soap Myth, a new play about Holocaust denial, stars Ed Asner and Tovah Feldshuh.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Close-up of flame of single yellow candle

Yom HaShoah is a day of mourning in Israel. Many stores close, music on the radio reflects the somber nature of the day, and most amazing is the sound of the siren.

Rabbi Victor S. Appell

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