There are two kinds of people who hate strong Jews: your run-of-the-mill Jew haters (classical antisemites) and colonized Jews. 2000 years of living as unwelcome guests in other people’s lands have taken a toll on the Jewish People. Putting your head down, being quiet in the face of abuse and minimizing signs of Jewishness have … More The freedom of the Jews
It’s been a little over a week since the riots in Gaza began. We’re promised riots every week, till May 14th, the date commemorating Israel’s Declaration of Independence in 1948. When I wrote this, new riots were massing on the border (the great tire demonstration). Last Friday was the grand opening of the “March of Return”. … More Free Gaza
On April 24th Israelis will commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day. This is not the same date as the International Holocaust Memorial Day. This date was chosen to emphasize the place of the Holocaust in the story of the Jewish people. We do this by first celebrating Passover. One week later, we mark Holocaust Memorial Day. Exactly … More The Holocaust, miracles and revenge
Did you know that Israel commemorates the Holocaust on a different date than the International Holocaust Remembrance Day? The world would have preferred to forget. In 2005, Israel finally succeeded to attain UN recognition of an internationally recognized Holocaust Remembrance Day. January 27th was chosen as this was the date of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau … More The irony of International Holocaust Remembrance Day
Memory shapes personality – of people and of nations. Recently I’ve been contemplating the significance of collective memory. In Passover the Jewish people are commanded to remember how God delivered us from slavery over 3000 years ago. Not how our ancestors were freed from slavery, rather how each and every one of us was personally … More What do you know when you have no memory left?
Passover 2014 On the first night of Passover, Jews around the world hold a ceremonial dinner called a “Seder”. This commemorates the Exodus from Egypt described in the bible. Every year, at the same time, for thousands of years, Jews have gathered their family and friends together to hold the Passover Seder. It’s a big … More In every generation…
To friends around the world, whatever holiday you celebrate – may it be a happy one for you nad your loved ones! *follow my images on Instagram @forestrainm