Experiencing Yom HaShoah in Israel

By Sarah Padway, Career Israel
 
The Pesach Holiday served as the beginning to a number of holidays in Israel. On the evening of April 18, we participated in a Holocaust Remembrance Seder for Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.
 
Members of our program, along with a few other Masa programs read poems, sang, and shared stories in memory of those who were killed in the Holocaust and the courageous gentiles (non-Jews) who risked their lives to save members of their respective communities. 
 
At 10 the next morning, there was a siren throughout Israel marking a moment of remembrance of those who perished in the Holocaust. Nina, Julie and I decided to take a walk down the street next to the beach in Tel Aviv during the time of the siren.
 
During the siren everything, and I mean everything stopped.
 
The birds didn’t move, the dog near us didn’t move, even the wind seemed to stop. When the siren stopped, everyone went back to their daily lives.
 
It was as if to say (and this is completely my opinion), we must honor and remember the tragic events of the Holocaust, but we must also continue moving forward, using their memory as a reminder of our duty to do all we can to never allow something like this to happen again.
 
 

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