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Yom Hasho’ah

Yom Hasho’ah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) is the solemn commemoration day that recalls the horrific losses during the Holocaust. The murder of 6 million Jews is the most traumatic event in recent Jewish history. While we should never forget that Jews were not the only targets of Nazi genocide — the Roma people, homosexuals and the Nazi’s political enemies were also singled out — the annihilation suffered by the Jewish people was on an unprecedented scale. The highly developed culture of European Jewry, at that time at the center of Jewish life, was irrevocably destroyed, and the United States and Israel emerged as Europe’s successors as centers of Jewish life and culture.

Though fate spared North African Jewry the scope of death and destruction in Europe, communities in Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria also suffered tremendously during the years of the Holocaust.

Yom Hasho’ah is normally commemorated around the world by solemn gatherings either on the day itself or a nearby day when it is easier for people to gather.1 This year it holds new meaning as the ugly head of antisemitism rises once again.

  • 1. Adapted from A Guide to Jewish Practice, Volume 2—Shabbat and Holidays. The Guide may be ordered from the Reconstructionist Press.
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Hashivenu: A Podcast on Resilience

In this extended episode for Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), we hear from Rabbi Phillip Lazowski, who survived the Holocaust as a child. He shares experiences that shaped his vision and sense of purpose.

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Yom Hasho'ah / Holocaust Remembrance Day

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