— Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson (via ffirouzeh)
Isidor Kaufmann (Hungarian, 1854-1920), Young Rabbi from N., c.1910. Oil on wood, 38.1 x 27.6 cm. Tate.
April 8, 2013
On this day, we reflect on the horrors of World War II and the Nazi genocidal policies that led to the killing of some 11 million Jews, Gypsies, Socialists, gays, people with disabilities and dissenters all deemed unfit or a threat.
Those of us who are Jews of European descent remember our loved ones and re-tell heart-wrenching stories of death, suffering and survival. But we do so with a steadfast refusal to be held hostage by the traumas experienced by our ancestors.
Instead, we take from these stories the lesson that “never again” means never, not for anyone.
On Yom HaShoah, we are reminded to stand against dehumanization no matter where it happens. We are reminded that our histories of displacement and persecution and resistance bind us in responsibility to others who today are considered a threat for their very existence. We re-dedicate ourselves to the belief that all people are chosen, all land is holy, and all life is sacred. May we take up the work to honor that belief today, and all days.
By Noa Yachot
April 9, 2013
Statements challenging the national narrative aren’t exactly common in Israel on Holocaust Remembrance Day. So it was particularly refreshing to read on the Walla news portal about a different sort of speech delivered in honor of the day. According to the site [Hebrew], Havka Folman-Raban, who fought in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, said the following words in a ceremony attended by Israeli youth at the Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum in northern Israel:
Continue the uprising, but a different uprising, a modern one, against all evil. Rise up against racism, violence and hatred of the other, and the inequality. Rise up against the occupation, we mustn’t rule and humiliate another people. It is important to achieve peace and an end to the cycle of bloodshed. My generation fought for peace and I so want to be here to achieve it.
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Knesset Eliyahu Synagogue. Constructed 1885. South Mumbai
March 8, 2013
A Muslim group is among local organizations trying to raise money to save the Bradford Reform Synagogue, the only synagogue in Bradford, a city in northern England with a large Muslim population. The red-and-cream-striped, Moorish-Victorian synagogue dates from 1880 and is a Grade II listed building. It is the oldest Reform synagogue in England outside London.
The Telegraph and Argus news site reports that:
Bradford Council for Mosques and other businesses and groups in the area are working together with the local authority to raise funds for the Bradford synagogue, to ensure the building remains a sacred space for future generations.
It quotes Zulfi Karim, secretary of Bradford Council for Mosques, as saying:
“In Bradford we are working hard to bring people of different faiths together, and to support one another as good neighbors.
“We are delighted by the way people have rallied to save the Bradford Synagogue, which is not only a work of art in itself, but represents so much in the way of Bradford’s heritage, faith and culture.”
JTA quoted Karim as saying: “When the chair of the Bradford synagogue approached the Muslim community for help and assistance towards the maintenance of this building, it was a challenge which didn’t take us long to decide on.”
In a story from 2009, the Telegraph and Argus described the plight of the synagogue, at a time when the shrinking Jewish community was considering whether it might have to sell the building.
It quoted Rudi Leavor, the synagogue’s chairman and treasurer, who has attended services there since 1955, as saying at the time: “We have fewer and fewer members and therefore less and less finance available. If the building were to be sold then we would have to have services in rented accommodation. Closure is not imminent as even selling it in the best of circumstances will take a long time.”
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