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Never Again!!

May 5, 2016

Today is Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.

In honor of all those who perished, were murdered in the Holocaust, and what lessons we can learn from remembering, I send this to you.

My parents are Holocaust survivors, or now, were Holocaust survivors.  In their honor and memory, I remember.  In memory of the six million Jews who were murdered, I remember.  For this I say “Never Again”.  We remember to honor those who were murdered and to ensure that it doesn’t happen again, anywhere.

 “What does it mean to remember? It is to live in more than one world, to
prevent the past from fading, and to call upon the future to illuminate it.”  Elie Wiesel

Today, I am sad not just for the remembering, I am sad and fearful as I see that Anti-Semitism is on the rise again.

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. – George Santayana

Often, it’s repeated because we are fooled as it never comes dressed in the same clothes.  Anti-Semitism is again on the rise and this time, it is not coming from where it traditionally sprang.

Along with the current rise in Anti-Semitism, Christians, Yazidis, and others are being persecuted and murdered.

“The hate that begins with Jews never ends with Jews. In a world awash with hate across religious divides, people of all faiths and none must stand together, not just to defeat anti-Semitism but to ensure the rights of religious minorities are defended everywhere.” – Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

 “The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.” – Albert Einstein

“It’s not the differences that divide people, but rather the indifference.” – Francesca Schwartz, my Aunt, she was a Holocaust survivor who was a victim of Dr. Mengele experiments

I write this because I cannot be indifferent.  I must speak up.  I must do something.  I hope that this something touches you and that you feel the same.

It is traditional and respectful to observe a moment of silence.

If we observed a moment of silence for all of the six million, we would be silent for eleven and a half years!

“Never Again”

 

 

 

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Barbara permalink
    May 5, 2016 11:18 am

    Thank you – again – for your thoughts on Yom Hashoah. I say “again” because I remember hearing you speak so eloquently years ago at Yom Hashoah observance. Last night at Kol Shofar we were all sadly reminded of the dwindling numbers of survivors in our community, and also reminded of continued antisemitism by the last speaker, a student at Berkeley.

    So thank you for all that you do to keep us on the right path.

    Blessings,

    Barbara

  2. Steve h permalink
    May 5, 2016 10:49 am

    It was and is incomprehensible. . It never enters my mind because it never directly touched me. But the hatred and prejudice against “them” whoever “they” are in the moment continues. I’m inspired to look at my views and identify small ways that I denounce “them”.

    • Fred Fox permalink*
      May 5, 2016 10:52 am

      Well said. Of course, it does touch us all.
      Thanks Steve

  3. Beni permalink
    May 5, 2016 9:13 am

    Yeshar Coach

  4. Jocko permalink
    May 5, 2016 7:21 am

    Hello Fred. Thank you for this piece. I am reminded of the the first spin class of yours that I attended. I wasn’t expecting a serious Talmudic teaching at the start of a workout. But there it was and I have come to believe that your efforts send helpful ripples out through many lives.

    Several times over the yearsI have been able to comfort younger people with your Rabbinical story about “Being your best Moishe.” It gives me solace as well.

    Your message comes the day after I finished Phillip Roth’s “The Plot Against America,” where the novel lays out another way that insidious and outright Anti Semitism could poison a County.

    Please keep on with your work. I know that as someone who grew up in a hard scrabble factory town in the 1950s, it was pretty normal for us goy kids to grow up on our way to working in the mills thinking ill of the local Jews. We started as kids with the name calling. It was only by luck that some of us found our way out of that. It goes on…and on…and we have to stay vigilant so that it is stopped.

    May you be happy
    May you be well

    Jocko

    • Fred Fox permalink*
      May 5, 2016 9:02 am

      Perhaps it’s time for me to put the “Moishe” story on this site:)
      I miss you in the class
      Thanks Jocko

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