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Approaching Holocaust Remembrance Day

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April 20, 2017 20:04

Some thoughts about Judaism, tradition and values ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day.

A CROSS is seen in the German death camp Auschwitz II Birkenau.

A CROSS is seen in the German death camp Auschwitz II Birkenau.. (photo credit:REUTERS)

Holocaust Remembrance Day is without doubt the saddest day of the Jewish year. To my mind it is more sorrowful than Tisha Be’av because Tisha Be’av emphasizes the destruction of the Temple and the city of Jerusalem, while Holocaust Remembrance Day mourns the murder of some six million individuals, one-third of the Jewish people. Not that we need a contest for which is the day of greater mourning. We have more than enough to bewail in our tortured past, but the life and death of so many individuals outweighs all else.

Our tradition teaches, “If anyone saves one life, it is as if he has saved an entire world. If anyone destroys one life, it is as if he has destroyed an entire world” (Sanhedrin 4:6). Six million worlds were destroyed in the Shoah, each one precious beyond description. One day of mourning cannot be sufficient to convey that fact, which is beyond belief and beyond human comprehension.

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