Thursday, April 16, 2015
Thursday marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which honors the 11 million people, the 6 million Jews killed during the 20th-century Nazi genocide. Holocaust Day, or in Hebrew "Yom HaShoah," runs from Wednesday night to Thursday night in many countries. This year's observance comes about three months after the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camp Auschwitz. In Israel, a siren will sound for 2 minutes throughout the entire country to mark the day of remembrance. For those two minutes, cars will stop, people will pause their conversations and work, and the world will stand still for a moment in remembrance of the 6 million Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust. We were in Israel, April, 1990, near the Knesset, Israel's Parliament building. Everyone and everything, except time, stopped for those 2 minutes, you could hear a pin drop, if not for the sirens going off.
'Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.
For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head.
They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.
4They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee...'