^^^To The Six Million^^^

Holocaust Memorial Miami
I am dedicating my 2001st blog post to my 6 million! Jewish brothers and sisters who were murdered in the Holocaust. 



May G-d have mercy on their souls and in their name bless us, the survivors, to do his holy bidding and good deeds. 



Thank you G-d for bringing me to this time and for all your enduring kindness. 



May you give me the strength and inspiration to carry on as a hopefully positive influence in this world. 



(Source Photo of Miami Holocaust Memorial: Andy Blumenthal)

From Holocaust To Homeland

From the searing ashes of six million murdered in the Holocaust,

G-d remembered the Jewish people,

and restored them to the promised land.

The fulfillment of hope and yearnings for freedom and independence,

and never to be slaughtered like sheep again.

Some say that we are waiting for the Messiah,

But to me, the miracle of Israel is the beginning of the redemption.

While it is difficult to see Israel maligned in their continued fight for survival,

surely there will come a time when we can see clear the wisdom for all to live and let live.

May G-d bless Israel to live in peace and security.

The Iranian Gambit

The Iranian Gambit

Important developments going on with Iranian Nuclear Crisis…

According to the Jerusalem Post, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is asking for a deal that dismantles Iran’s ability to prepare fissile material, the core of a nuclear bomb–which Iran has threatened to use to annihilate the State of Israel.

This is in stark contrast to a mere suspension of enrichment activity or reduction of stockpiles that still leaves this dangerous nuclear capability in the hands of the radical Islamic Republic.

After coming out of the Holocaust Museum, Yad Vashem, in Jerusalem with French President Hollande, Netanyahu said to Hollande:

“You said when you came out that the experience of the Holocaust places a very special responsibility on all of us. Francios, I want to tell you the burden it places on me. It is my duty to prevent anyone who credibly threatens to execute another Holocaust against the Jewish people. That is my obligation, but our common obligation for mankind and for our common future.”

Further, Prime Minister Netanyahu stated:

“We live here. We know something about this region. We know a great deal about Iran and its plans. Its worthwhile to pay attention to what we say.”

Less than 70 year after the Holocaust of six million Jews at the sadistic hands of the Nazi murders, there is no room for error with the Mullahs in Iran.

It seems like we are coming to a conclusion on this soon, as the Jewish people have learned it is better to live by taking your best shot, than die by going like sheep to the slaughter.

(Source Photo: here with attribution to marsmet546)

Academic Assignments In Hate

Academic Assignments In Hate

According to the New York Times (12 April 2013) a high school English teacher in Albany, New York on Monday asked students to write a persuasive essay on why Jews are evil and the source of our problems.

The assignment stated: “You do not have a choice in your position: you must argue that Jews are evil, and…convince me of your loyalty to the Third Reich!”

This assignment echoed a similar assignment given to students in Georgia and New York City earlier this year instructing students to calculate math problems by using number of slave whippings and killings.

Yes, these school assignments–to our children–are shocking and appalling.

Although they call these teachers giving these assignments, these are not real educators, but rather bigots given a classroom pulpit.

Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, the school district superintendent, said: “Obviously, we have a severe lack of judgment and a horrible level of insensitivity.”

But this “apology” does not go far enough–in fact, there is no apology–just excuses and calls for sensitivity training.

Wyngaard should’ve called this behavior for what it is–discrimination, anti-Semitism, bigotry, and hatred, and announced the firing of the teacher–who shouldn’t be teaching anyone, anything!

With the Holocaust Remembrance Day this past Monday, April 8–this teacher added insult to injury in making such an assignment.

While teaching students how to write persuasively and argue different points of view can mean that sometimes you have to argue “the other side”; it crosses the line to assign students to write about why a whole race of people are evil, and on top of it to force them all to take that position.

According to CNews, a third of the students stood up and refused to complete the assignment–thankfully, there are some good and decent people left in this world.

Excuses are not apologies. Sensitivity training is not removal of a hateful bigot. And this school superintendent should’ve had the ethical backbone and courage to join the students who stood against this wrong.

These “teachers” and school superintendent have at least six million reasons to do better, much better.

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

One Day We’ll Be Old

This is a wonderful, moving music video by Israeli composer Asaf Avidan, remixed by German DJ–the song is called One Day/Reckoning (Wankelmut Remix)–it has topped the music charts across Europe.

The reframe:
“One day baby, we’ll be old
Oh baby, we’ll be old
And think of all the stories that we could have told.”

On a simplistic level, this music video is about two lovers torn apart and wondering how they’ll look back one day and imagine what if only they had been able to make things work.

On a deeper level, perhaps this music video is a representation of the Israel and German who produced it–more than six decades after The Holocaust and the murder of 6 million Jews by the Germans and the feelings of lose and of what could’ve been instead.

“No more tears, my heart is dry
I don’t laugh and I don’t cry
I don’t think about you all the time
But when I do I wonder why”

Why the murder of six million men, women, and children–helpless–shot, starved, gassed, burnt in the ovens, electrified on the fences, attacked by dogs, and experimented on by sadististic scientists?

“We can’t cry anymore, the heart is dry.”

As time passes and we age–we think what could have been if we were allowed to live in peace –“think of all the stories  we could have told.”

Now in Israel, again Six million Jews living in the Middle East, the fulfillment of the promise by G-d to Abraham, the return to The Promised Land. 

But the Middel East is composed of more than 20 countries and contains 20% of world’s Muslim population or has roughly 315 million Muslims. In some areas, fundamentalism has taken root, and it is a volatile and dangerous neighborhood to live in.

Missles fly to Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem and and the people of the Holy Land take cover in bomb shelters as thousands of missiles threaten them.

In modern history, Israel has lost over 22,000 soldiers,with another 75,000 wounded, and there have been about 4,000 civilian victims of terror attacks.

To put this in the perspective of a country the size of the U.S., this is the equivalent of us losing more than 1.1 million American soldiers, having almost 4 million wounded, and another 200,000 civilian victims of terrorism–it’s unthinkable!

“I don’t laugh and I don’t cry”

Now Israeli’s are blamed for defending their small country and the remnants of their people from being driven into the sea by those surrounding them on all sides. 

“Here I go again, the blame
The guilt, the pain, the hurt, the shame
The foundering fathers on our plane
that’s stuck in heavy clouds of rain”

Next is Iran who threatens to wipe Israel off the map and is rushing to develop the nuclear weapons to accomplish their malevolent goals.

“I don’t think about you all the time
But when I do I wonder why”

Why won’t you let us just live in peace–leave us alone, once and for all. 

“One day, we’ll be old
Oh baby, we’ll be old
Think of all the stories we could have told”

If only, all could live and let live–think of all the better stories we could tell and all the lives not lost, and all the promise of a better future.

Holocaust, Still a Nightmare In Our Souls

This is an amazing video of the horrors of the Holocaust expressed through modern-day Israeli Rap music and ballet interpretation.The video is to the violin accompaniment of a broken and wrenching tune of Adon Olam–a prayer in which we recognize the almighty–“When all shall end, He alone, shall reign supreme–He was. He is. He shall be. In glory.”The main part of the video starts at 0:45.The singer asks: “Why exterminate childrens’ dreams, adults’ memories?”

As he raps, we shall not forget–“A big scream…It is stuck inside me. Six million! burned in my memory.”

Again asked: “Who has the right to extinguish a culture?”

With Iran–the free world is threatened again.

Now we must “not to be afraid, to stand up!”

And “to live in dignity and to die in dignity.”

May G-d remember the souls of those murdered for merit and have mercy on mankind.

The children of David be strong–“The path to heaven is ‘survival.'”

“Dust to dust, our souls go to heaven.”

>Peace and Security

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With all the questions about peace in the Middle East, there is a lot of enthusiasm for a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians, living side-by-side in peace.

This is a practical vision that would resolve a lot of suffering and enable us to move constructively forward.

It may be hard to understand why Israel needs very specific conditions to protect itself, but this video sent to me by a friend explains it very well.

In a historical perspective, I think it is important to be aware of the context of the Jewish security concerns as well:

1) Six million Jews (ONE out of every THREE men, women, and children) were murdered in the Holocaust just last century.

2) Tens of thousands more were lost in numerous wars to overtake Israel (in 1948, 1956, 1967, 1973, 1982, 2006, 2008 and in the Intifada’s).

3) Mid-East neighbors (that support terrorist organizations–like Hamas, Hezbollah and more) do not even recognize Israel’s right to exist, and are chartered to their ultimate destruction.

As a Jewish American, I too share, pray, and hope for peace in the Middle East…let it be so as a genuine and lasting one.

While Middle East peace often seems impossible, G-d can do what we think is impossible.

(All opinions are my own)