A national anthem written more than 50 years before the birth of the state for which it was composed, “Hatikvah” has served as a source of hope and inspiration for Jews who have found themselves in the most dire of circumstances.
My heart is heavy, I choke back tears, and I cherish the moment every year that I stand in silence with the nation of Israel as the siren reminds us of our eternal connection - to the dead, to the living, and to each other.
We remember the 6 million Jews who lost their lives simply for being Jews. Civilized nations remained silent as an entire world was nearly destroyed. It is our responsibility that we shall never remain silent in the face of memory even as we move further away from the tragedy that took the lives of so many.
“This was the most moving event we’ve hosted here at Beit Hanassi,” President Reuven Rivlin told a small group of visitors to the official residence on the day before Holocaust Remembrance Day. Judy Lash Balint shares a most moving experience as a part of Zikaron BaSalon.
Professor Elie Wiesel was instrumental in my conviction, determination, and persistence which led me to translate, research and eventually publish my book, based on my mother’s journals. His advice to me was not to be afraid of the journey ahead.