4.18.2012

Yom HaShoah - Holocaust Remembrance Day - 4/18/12 in US

Tonight is the eve of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day for American Jews. Many of us will be going to our temples and reciting psalms and prayers to remember the 6 million Jews, Russians, Poles and others who were killed during the Holocaust.

At one small synagogue that was founded by members, including a Holocaust survivor, the service became more meaningful as our Hazzan brought us a list of actual numbers used in the concentration camps to write in black ink on our arms. 6 members of the congregation were called forward to light the 6 memorial candles, and 1 year I was honored to be a part of the lighting.




The lights are dim, as on Tisha Ba'av, and we read and say the prayers for those murdered. The Hazzan tells life stories of Jews captured, their ages and the camp where they died. (I'm crying already writing this).

We read the poem about no one coming to fight or stand up for the Jews; I can't remember the author or exact words without seeing the text.

On this day, remember and let's NOT let it happen again!

Posted by Linda Blatchford, EtsyChai Team Captain

7 comments:

Shana said...

My own store Sabina Fashions is named after my grandmothers' sister who was killed in the holocaust. May we never forget.

DJ said...

In Israel, the whole country will stop what we are doing at 10 am tomorrow, and stand in silence to honor every life lost. All cars and transport will stop. All factories and machines will stop. It will never be forgotten.

Ceramics by Marcelle said...

Beautiful post. I'll be lighting a candle tonight. I was named Marcelle in memory of my grandfather's brother, Marcel, who along with his pregnant wife were both killed in the holocaust. We and future generations must never forget.

Anne Keller Smith said...

our hearts are bleeding tonight for all those murdered. we celebrate their spirit, and are determined to never forget.

GoofingOff said...

A beautiful post.

Meredith Laskow said...

Beautiful post. We will never forget.

Beads of Paradise said...

We just hosted a Walk of Remembrance here in our city. My husband led the walk while singing "Shma Yisrael" as more than 100 people followed on a mile walk through the downtown area carrying signs that said "Never Again" with some moving pictures. We ended at the synagogue as we had our 2 minutes of silence. It was a very powerful evening.