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