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At the Holocaust Museum

What can we do to strengthen the Jewish people.

Published: May 17, 2008


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Visitor Comments: 17

(17) Manasseh, January 3, 2013 5:41 AM

We must not over simplify.

Very touching story. It is dangerous to over-simplify the many reasons for such a massively evil act that was the Holocaust. Even though we must analyze all of our mistakes as a nation, we benefit the most by looking forward. Positive thinking as well as kindness can spread further and faster then lies and hatred. Light a candle, share a sorry, and just in case, keep the Winchester nearby.

(16) Paulette, July 29, 2008 9:44 AM

Another Application of a beautiful thought

I was so touched as I sat and listened to you, Lori. A thought that kept coming to my mind is this: How can we stop this from ever happening, how can we stop what is happening in our world today? The woman received the name of the person, and it was her name. What if we would see others, and their lives, their situations, and it was us- if it was us, our life, how would we want others to answer it? If we feel like judging, or perhaps, ignoring someone's suffering, but rather instead, think "no, what if this was me, my problem, my mistake or misfortune... how would that change us?" How wonderful it would be if we each day - now, in the present, live for the strengthening, survival, ultimate victory of each other? What if we could even see in the eyes of those who may have hurt us, or even are our enemies, their woundedness? And what if we would be willing to release onto them, love that could only flow from God's heart into ours, onto them...I think this is where I want to go with my life from now on. Thank you, Lori

(15) Ms.Mitzvot, May 25, 2008 7:14 AM

I disagree with Yonah''s comment

I respectfully have to disagree with Mr.Ginsburg''s comments. He seems to be implying that the holocost was a punishment for not living a torah obsvervant lifestyle and that the angel of death took the observant and non-observant as a result. I must disagree. I tend not to be motivated by fear or by threats, but by love. Therefor, I am offended by what he is trying to feed us. He is forgetting that millions of jews living in England, Canada, the United States, the Latin American countries, many Arab countries were not killed. What happened was part of a facist regimen with a sick dictator. If I may recommend reading a NYT bestseller, "End of America" story to a young patriot. Ms.Wolf shows us step by step how the U.S. is well on its way to facism and importantly, what we can do to try to stop it. In the midst of our demanding lives and observances, we must stick our necks out of our enclosed worlds, seek out and "get involved" in the political dynamics of our country. This is a challenge. I don''t think Hashem would want us to simply allow such things to happen all around us and for us to be too self absorbed to notice. It almost happened to me. I own 3 tv''s and never turn them on. I do not like the news. I like to chose what to allow into my mind. I enjoy being observant I love my torah learning, I enjoy my job and my housework and family. Frankly, it takes all my time. Thanks to my young adult daughter, I have come to realize it is not enough, I/we need to know what is happening in the world and get involved some. Thank you.
Ms.Mitzvot
Miami Beach, Fl

(14) Phyllis, May 22, 2008 8:44 PM

candles

Dear Lori, Your stark description of the million and a half candles, each representing the snuffed-out life of a Jewish child, brought tears to my eyes.
If my parents hadn''t left Russia after the first World War, there would have been 4 more candles, for me and my 3 older brothers. It chills me to think that my amazing children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren might never have come into this world.
Why are some spared and others survive? There is no rational explanation. It is as impossible to decipher as trying, with our finite little brains, to comprehend the vastness of the universe.

(13) Joy, May 22, 2008 8:27 AM

What a great idea!

I LOVE the idea of everyone at the shabbos table telling a "hashgacha pratis" story...what a wonderful way of bringing Hashem into your every day and noticing how He takes care of you!!
Thank you Lori!

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