During the Holocaust, many Jewish children were deprived of a normal, happy childhood and celebrating their coming of age ceremonies — their Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. this past Monday, 50 Holocaust survivors participated in this Jewish “coming of age” ceremony at the Western Wall. Just two days before Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), Reznik and a dozen other men danced with the Torah scroll at the end of the day’s Torah readings.
Tonight, as the sun sets, Yom HaShoah (יום השואה), Holocaust Day, begins. Here in Israel and around the world, the Jewish People face the memory and pain of the Holocaust and say, “Never again.” And for many of us here at the ministry, it is very personal as we lost grandparents, aunts and uncles, who were gassed and then put in the ovens in Auschwitz. And the family members who were not put to death right away were in slave labor camps becoming living skeletons.
On Wednesday’s International Holocaust Memorial Day, United States President Barack Obama said rising anti-Semitism is undeniable. In contrast, leading in to the January 27 memorial day, UN Sec. Gen. Ban Ki-moon did not condemn the crimes of the Holocaust or the millions of Jews slaughtered — but rather, gave excuses for Palestinian terrorism.
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