Yom HaShoah, a day of remembering the Holocaust, will begin at sunset. Jewish days always begin at night.
"... and it was evening and it was morning, one day ..."
I feel very distraught about this, as the emails from Jewish organizations are starting to fill my inbox already:
"It's Yom HaShoah. Please send money."
If only it were that easy. If only I could send a check and somebody out there somewhere would take care of it, would make sure for me that there is never another Holocaust.
But that is a stupid pipe dream, my friends. And we can't afford it.
Mark Prowisor writes:
Let's really give some honor to those that were taken from us... Let's expand on "Never Again."
"Never Again" ... will Jews be victims of violence and terror?
"Never Again" ... will Jews stand quietly by and be fooled by our enemies?
"Never Again" ... will Jews be evicted from their land?
My apologies to Mark... I changed it a little. I turned his statements into questions -- because when we make a statement, there's a risk that we might think we've actually done something. But questions haunt and taunt us, make us uncomfortable. If we want to make a move, from one place to another, from saying 'Never Again' in the same way we say "How's the weather?" - to really meaning something by it, than we need to get out of our comfort zone.
Each and every one who dares to say "Never Again" should be required to expand on that -- to fill in the looming blank. If we don't really mean to accomplish it, then there's no point - might as well kick back the recliner and watch the game. But if we hope to actually accomplish something, something as huge as preventing the next holocaust, then we very much need to think in specifics. We need to look inside and figure out what it means... for us... now... to say "Never Again." We need to fill in the blank.
Never Again ... WHAT?
For those who want to give honor by making a personal commitment or statement, the comments section is open until sunset tomorrow.
"And God called the light day,
and the darkness He called night,
and it was evening and it was morning,