Holocaust Remembrance Day breaks my heart. Not only because of all the incredible amounts of pain, suffering, and loss, but because everywhere I look, there is no message in all of this madness. I turn on the TV and am overwhelmed by stories filled with death and horror; but what am I supposed to take out of all of this? Throughout our lives we are exposed to the Holocaust, but at some point, even memory fades away…
I am writing this note because I want to challenge everyone to think new thoughts. I want people to realize that Holocaust Remembrance Day can be the most powerful reminder for the Jewish people to love each other, and actively care for one another, without bias.Â And through this caring, this unbelievably high Ahavat Chinam, we can stand up against our enemies and prevent any catastrophe from ever happening again.
We all know that Iran, Syria, Hizbullah, Hamas and others are all mobilizing and openly threatening to destroy us. War seems to be an ever-present danger, but we have the power to shine and stand together as a people. Throughout our history, we have always had ups and downs, times of peace and times of war; but one thing always held true: when we cared for one another, when we took responsibility for each other, we were able to stand up to any threat, even against all odds.
So that is the message I give to you. To Love. To Care. To take responsibility for all our brothers and sisters because we are one family. And to actively spread the message throughout the Jewish people in Israel and abroad. Now is the time of the Omer and we are counting down to Matan Torah â€“ receiving the Torah. Rabbi Akiva’s students were all killed because of a lack of respect for one other. So let us work on taking the incredible pain and brokenness we feel today and cleanse our hearts from the hatred we feel against each other.Â At every moment, we have an opportunity to genuinely care and act from a place of higher love.
We are meant to be a light onto the nations. I believe we can be.