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Friday, November 16, 2018 4:13 pm

A new ritual for Yom HaShoah as the fragile window closes

A tip of the hat to Warren Geisler for forwarding this.

By Dana Janine Diamond
The Times of Israel

We have reached a tipping point where the Holocaust is changing from an immediate, traumatic memory to community history. At this transition, we have an obligation to frame how we as a Jewish community will commemorate this event for future generations. If we do not create some sort of ritual observance, then I fear that the Holocaust will fade into history, its lessons lost.

I brought this idea to a meeting of Jewish educators last week at the NewCAJE9 conference at the University of Hartford in Connecticut. I met many wonderful people – educators, storytellers, songwriters, singers, poets, and rabbis. I learned about new archaeological discoveries surrounding the Ponar killing pits in Lithuania[1] and how the memories of the Holocaust are passed on to the children of the survivors.[2]

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