|Daniel Ullrich, Threedots, Wikimedia Commons|
What can we do on Holocaust Remembrance Day this Thursday? Even remembering that it’s a special day will do the trick. In bigger towns and cities, there might be a memorial service to attend at a synagogue or museum. Watching a good movie or documentary and reading about the Holocaust would be worthwhile. Informing friends, maybe getting a conversation going about stories they’ve heard or have in their families, would further enrich the day. By remembering in these ways we do what we can to counteract Hitler’s crime.
Yom HaShoah comes eight days before Israel’s Independence Day. Even if this isn’t entirely what the authorities had in mind (Wikipedia said something about the original date being planned for the Hebrew day of Nisan 14, the anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising, but since this is also right at Passover-time every year, they decided it would not be suitable) I see the timing as very appropriate, because spring represents renewal. The Holocaust is horrific, but it’s inextricably linked to Israel’s becoming an independent state on May 14, 1948, an extraordinary resurrection of sorts after the Jewish people had been exiled from their land since 70 A.D.
Spring, then, is a special time of year, between remembering our Savior’s death and resurrection that brought us salvation, and Israel’s partial (in the physical) renewal.
To close, I wanted to share some nature pictures I took around our neighborhood ... a change of subject, but I thought they'd be nice anyway!