Sunday, April 15, 2007

Yom Hashoah--Holocaust Memorial Day

Are you there G-d?

Tomorrow is the day designated for the remembrance of the Holocaust. This evening I attended a memorial service. I am printing a poem by Hannah Senesh. Hannah was a Hungarian Jew who emigrated to then British Palestine, but later parachuted into Yugoslavia as part of a British operation during World War II. She was captured in Hungary, tortured and killed in 1944. She was 23 years old. Here is one of her poems.

Blessed is the match consumed in kindling flame.
Blessed is the flame that burns in the secret fastness of the heart.
Blessed is the heart with strength to stop its beating for honor's sake.
Blessed is the match consumed in kindling flame.

Poem and story courtesy of Wikipedia.

If you find a recording of her poem, Eli Eli, please listen to it. It is one of my all time favorite songs. We sang it this evening.

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