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Daily Practice for December 8, 2016

Daily Practice for December 8, 2016

Word:  Sometimes, remembering is a good thing. It can almost be a litany. One of the powerful moments in Yom HaShoah services is the declaration, "We will never forget!" Yom Hashoah is the service of Remembrance of the Holocaust observed by many Jewish people around the world. The complete name is Yom Hashoah Ve-Hagevurah”— in Hebrew literally translated as the "Day of (remembrance of) the Holocaust and the Heroism. We will never forget. From remembering, there comes a power of seeing and a power of transcending. I see what happened and I am better than that. Another theme of Yom HaShoah is never again. By stating "never again," we stand up and say that genocide will never be allowed to happen again. It is the power of righteousness. I think we get hung up on the word righteousness oc...

Yom Hashoah – Never Forget

Judaism, Lament, Politics, Spirituality
Today marks the beginning of Yom Hashoah, the Holocaust Remembrance of Judaism (and thank you to Dr. Erica Martin for bringing this to my attention).  I have participated in several Yom Hashoah services over the years during my time as Ecumenical Liturgy Graduate Assistant at Seattle University. You will be brought to your knees acknowledging the atrocities that can be (and continue to be) committed in the name of humanity. And then further humbled by the acknowledgment of hope and transcendence that exists in the human spirit. A particular phrase that marks the worship service is, "We will never forget." Let it be so. Let us never forget that all it takes for evil to prosper is for good people to be silent. Let us never forget that we are capable of unspeakable atrocities in the name of...