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Yom Hashoah: Let’s Get Personal

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No event in Jewish history is as personal—and as universal—like the Holocaust. Thanks to countless people’s efforts, the universal lessons of the Holocaust are widely known; the dangers of antisemitism, the consequences of being a bystander, the horrors of genocide, the perils of mob thinking, empathy for survivors, and the lasting scars of childhood trauma. Yet as much as we, Jews, rightfully stand out as champions of this much needed human lesson, we must make sure we never forget the very personal side of the Holocaust; the side of who we lost; the faces, the lives, the potential, the childhoods, the scholarship, and the lives that never recovered—and never will. While we owe it to the world to make sure the universal memory of the Holocaust is widely known, we owe it to ourselves and our people to remember our brothers, sisters, cousins, and children that died in the Holocaust.
There is a well-known saying that says, “They say you die twice. Once when you stop breathing and the second, a bit later on, when somebody mentions your name for the last time.” This idea is strongly echoed in a commandment from the book of Deuteronomy(chapter 25):

“If brothers reside together, and one of them dies having no son, the dead man’s wife shall not marry an outsider. [Rather,] her husband’s brother shall be intimate with her, making her a wife for himself, thus performing the obligation of a husband’s brother with her. And it will be that the eldest brother she [can] bear will succeed, in........

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