How ironic that as the hours of Passover dwindled down, a real-life lesson on freedom was placed in front of us. And we were forced to stop again – stop the craziness of our weekend; stop the joy that they were about to gain from having pizza and pasta; and we stopped believing that we live in a world that is truly free. And for a bit of time, we did stop. We watched the news, we searched the media outlets online for more information, and we spoke about how horribly sad it is that a 19-year-old was so filled with hate that he ended a life and injured others because of it. Yet, for us, it was just a momentary stop. And my guess is that for most it was a simple pause, if that; not even a stop.
Passover is a holiday that celebrates freedom. Passover is also a holiday that recalls and commemorates the Jewish people’s enslavement by the Egyptians. And as we conclude this wonderful, joyous holiday, we quickly turn to Yom HaShoah on Wednesday evening; the day in the Jewish calendar that commemorates the Holocaust.
Now more than ever, it is so important that we stop – not just pause, but truly stop and commemorate this day. I know and understand how busy and crazy our lives are. On Wednesday night my family has many different activities we’re supposed to attend, but instead we’re going to go on a full stop. We are going to miss all that we have scheduled and attend our Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest’s Annual Yom HaShoah Commemoration at Kean University. I invite all of you in the community to join with us that evening for what is truly going to be a most memorable night.
And if you are unable to join me that night in honor of all the victims of all the hate crimes that we have seen in the last few months, in honor of the millions murdered by the Nazis, in honor of our ancestors that were slaves in Egypt, and in honor of all those who have survived and beaten adversity – please do your own full stop in your activities to read about, learn about, speak about, and teach about the past so that we can have a little less hate in the future.