This Thursday, Israel and all those who stand with her and the Jewish people will observe Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. But as Rabbi Eckstein tells JPUpdates, we must also remember the many Holocaust survivors who still need our love and care:
Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah in Hebrew) will begin this year at sundown May 4, and end sunset May 5.
As its name suggest, Holocaust Remembrance Day is a time for Jews around the world to commemorate the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust. In Israel Yom HaShoah is especially poignant, with all traffic and activity coming to a standstill, with citizens observing a moment of silence as sirens blare.
Nevertheless, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder and president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) feels that both Jews and Christians can contribute more on Yom HaShoah, particularly by helping Holocaust survivors who live in poverty around the world.
“While it’s critical for the Jewish people – for all people – to remember the Holocaust and learn its lessons, sadly, we have been focusing on memorializing those who perished in the Holocaust, but ignoring the current plight of hundreds of thousands of Holocaust survivors around the world who are living out their last days in wretched poverty,” Rabbi Eckstein said.
According to Rabbi Eckstein, it is essential to “re-examine the meaning and impact of Holocaust Remembrance Day. We must focus on helping the last remaining Holocaust survivors around the world achieve a measure of dignity in the twilight years of their lives.”