Yom Hashoah

Open Heart

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This year on Holocaust Remembrance Day, there are so many things to consider. There are the usual things like how important it is to recall the six million Jews who died, and the many others who perished at the hands of the Nazis and say "Never again." We should meditate on the absolute necessity of the state of Israel, not only for Biblical reasons, but for very obvious, very practical reasons of survival as well.

But this year, we also have very real things to think about as well, not the least of which was the presence of Camp Auschwitz t-shirts and Confederate Flags during the January 6 insurrection. There were many who hoped that day would give rise to a race war, ending with the establishment of a new and considerably less democratic government.

We have the ongoing genocides of the Rohingyans by a Buddhist democracy that has now fallen by a military coup, and the Uighars who are persecuted by a the Chinese Communist party, simply the latest in its long list of human rights violations. While the Rohingyans seems to have been forgotten in the chaos of the coup, there does seem to be those who are clamoring about the Uighar, and rightly so. What good does it do to say "Never again" if we don't mean it? Jews in the UK of all denominations have made it their business to begin to protest and spread the word. At the urging of Jewish World Watch, many Jews around the world left an open seat at our Passover Seders for the Uighar. Word has it that a mobilisation of American Jewry is coming as well. Undoubtedly at Yom Hashoah services everywhere, the Uighar will be mentioned.

So let us say in earnest, NEVER AGAIN.