Remember to tell, to feel, and to act 

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why is it important to remember to tell from generation to generation?

For many modern Jews, Passover is seen as intimately intertwined with the Holocaust.  “Yom Hashoah” or Holocaust Remembrance Day is held one week after the end of Passover, marking the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising that broke out on the eve of Passover, April 19, 1943.  The theme that runs through all observances is the importance of remembering—recalling the victims of this catastrophe, and ensuring that such tragedy never happens again.

Our family is just now back from a most meaningful journey that took us to

Berlin, Germany
Terezin and Prague, Czech Republic
Krakow and Auschwitz, Poland
Normandy, France

Our most recent trip was inspired by our daughter’s National History Day Project with her topic
“The Final Solution: The Nazi Exploration of Mass Genocide”  Click here to view her project.

We traced the path of the Holocaust to understand how such calamity could have ever taken place.  Our personal guides, Ph.D. historians specializing in Holocaust studies, provided tremendous insight and broadened our understanding of the elements that led to such unprecedented horror.  In the end, we were left with the deeper question of how can we prevent anything that remotely resembles early signs of mass genocide.

Passover and the Holocaust share similar stories of oppression and liberation.

The tradition of Passover is to tell the story of liberation from generation to generation— this is otherwise known as the “Haggadah.” But the Haggadah teaches us that simply telling the story isn’t enough.  We must additionally “let each one feel as if he or she came out of Egypt.”

“Feeling” is what drives us to action based on our principles, beliefs, and memories of our experiences.

In a similar manner, the Holocaust’s message “Never Forget!” is clearly a very important one.  Yet the best tribute to those who perished at the hands of the Nazis—Jews and non-Jews—is to feel a sense of purpose and to do something that prevents a similar horror from ever happening again.

We’re inspired by the heroic actions of those righteous men and women who spoke up or took action while many stood silent and indifferent.

  “We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor never the victim.  Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” Elie Wiesel

On this Passover, we encourage you to remember, to feel, to speak up and act against intolerance, oppression and abuse of those who are vulnerable.

Never stay silent.

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On this Passover, we encourage you to remember, to feel, to speak up and act against intolerance, oppression and abuse of those who are vulnerable.

Never stay silent.

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