The scene gets me every time. The siren goes off and everyone stops (well everyone except for the journalists and pigeons). The buses stop. Cars stop. All you hear is the siren and for one moment, wherever you are, the stillness allows you to focus on and commemorate those that were consumed in the fire of the Shoah. Words fail me. They always do.

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Founder and Publisher of Jewlicious, David Abitbol lives in Jerusalem with his wife, newborn daughter and toddler son. Blogging as "ck" he's been blocked on twitter by the right and the left, so he's doing something right.


  • the concept of rememberance in Judaism is not just a reflection on the past, but a positive attitude about what is required of us in the future, and how we can replace what was lost. just dwelling on the past acheives nothing and can lead to negativity and bitterness. in essence what can we learn from the experience, not an empty exercise in commemoration that does nothing for the victims and has no value or pertinence to us.

  • Since moving to NYC life has taken a different pace and sometimes just dealing with day to day issues turns me off track and makes me forgetful… So I would like to recommend a book: MAUS: A Survivor’s Tale by Art Spiegelman. MAUS (winner of the 1992 Pulitzer prize) MAUS is a graphic novel telling the story of the author’s father’s survival of the Holocaust. It is also the tale of Spiegelman’s strained relationship with his father, and his attempt to come to terms with his dad, himself, and the truths of the Holocaust. In the books mice are Jews, pigs are Poles, and cats are Nazi’s. It takes the older Spiegelman from rich factory owner, to a Jewish ghetto, to Auschwitz, and home. With my love to animation, I found that pictures were able to bring to life in an always relevant way the life in war and felt reconnected to my family’s history, especially my grandmother an Auschwitz survivor. I recommend this book to everyone; it is difficult to digest at times but is able to hit the spot and would make a great read for a day like today.

  • This is *not* a video of the siren on Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day); it is the siren on Yom HaZikaron (Israel’s War Fallen Memorial Day). The siren on the morning of Yom HaShoah is only one minute long; the siren on the morning of Yom HaZikaron (the one in the video) is two minutes long.

  • Hate to break it to you Lurker BUT look at the date. I put this video up immediately after I shot it. Yom Hazikaron is the day before Yom Ha’atzmaut – these fell on the 7th and 8th of May. It was definitely Yom Hashoah – I should know, I shot the video. For Yom Hazikaron I was at the shuk – but alas, sans Video equipment. I can’t say much about the timing of the alarms, but that’s the way it was my friend. Yom Hashoah all the way.

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