posted on Apr, 19 2012 @ 03:34 AM
In memory of all the lives lost in HaShoah (the Holocaust) and to all people affected by violence around the world.
the holocaust is one of the greatest atrocities in all of human history. millions upon millions of innocent civilian lives were lost, senselessly. i
don't believe that we can truly fathom the scale of the disaster today. as the horrors of the past fall further behind us, it is important that we
not forget the lessons those terrible things taught us. and in honor of the people who lost their lives, it is important that we keep their memory
alive. that is why yom hashoah was created.
today is a day of remembrance. this day conjures up a whirlwind of emotions for myself and countless others, and i think it's all too easy to be
swept away by the current of our collective pain. i feel like i'm flung from sorrow and mourning, to outrage, to fear, then back to the beginning and
through it all again. at times i feel like i'm going to be sick with the intensity of it all. and indeed, this rush of emotions has its place on this
day, above all others. but in letting ourselves be captured by these crushing feelings, i worry that we may lose sight of why this day is truly so
yom hashoah is more than a day to keep the memory of these millions of victims alive in our hearts. we dedicate this day in remembrance of what
happened, because it is up to us to ensure that we create a world in which it can never happen again. alongside our bereavement, we must also keep
alive the spark of our anger and indignation. we must use that energy to stamp out the seeds of racism and hatred that fester like open sores on the
face of our society. if we fail to realize that this burden falls on us, if we fail to speak out against the injustice, violence, hatred and ignorance
that pits human beings against one another, then we can never be safe. we cannot live in a world where things like the holocaust don't happen, unless
we take it upon ourselves to create that world.
so today, take a moment to stand in silence for those who died in what is now one of the deepest scars on the face of human history. and in that
moment, make a promise. to yourself, to everyone you love, and to the world you belong to, that you will stand against violence and crimes against
humanity. each year on this day, remember your responsibility as a member of society, and renew that promise.