Remembering for a Purpose

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by Rabbi Cheryl Peretz
posted on May 22, 2020
The year was 1868. General John Logan issued General Order No. 11 calling for a national day of remembrance for Civil War dead. May 30 of that year was the day designated for this observance.  Flowers were placed on the graves of the fallen soldiers of both the Union and Confederate Armies. From this, Memorial Day was eventually instituted as a national day of observance. Read more...

Enough Regard One for Another Lag B’Omer and the Plague

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by Dr. Michael Berenbaum
posted on May 19, 2020
Lag B’Omer has a special meaning this year. Lag B’Omer is the thirty third day of the Omer, that period of seven full weeks from the second night of Passover to Shavuot, literally the festival of weeks, the Bikurim Festival, when the first fruits were brought to the Temple in Jerusalem and the festival on which Jews commemorate the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai. Read more...

On Yom Hazikaron: Honoring and Remembering Those Who Paid the Ultimate Price in Defense of Israel

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by Rabbi Elliot Dorff, PhD
posted on April 24, 2020
I was only five years old when the State of Israel was established in 1948.  I was too young to recall any memories of that profound event in the Jewish people’s history—a centuries-old dream that had been realized at last. Despite my youth, the significance of this monumental event was never lost on me.  Growing up in the 1950s, my parents were deeply connected to Zionism. Read more...

Passover and Yom Hashoah The Ethical Imperative of Remembrance

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by Dr. Michael Berenbaum
posted on April 20, 2020
No sooner have we finished Passover and Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, is upon us.  The juxtaposition is startling. Passover celebrates liberation, the passage from slavery onto freedom, from Egypt to the Promised Land.  And the Holocaust is the anti-Exodus, the passage from freedom – albeit not without discrimination and difficulty – to slavery and soon thereafter, to annihilation. Read more...