I just had to add one more thing to this entry. Throughout the entire country of Israel, at 10AM in the morning, a siren sounds to signal 2 minutes of silence and attention to the 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust. The photo below is what it looks like. This is a very busy freeway at 10 am. It is chilling and beautiful to witness.
This evening is the eve of Israel's memorial day for the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis and their collaborators. The expression, never again!, is used often; never again will we let this happen, never again will we allow the world to stand by.
And yet I saw a headline today that made me both sad and angry. Anti-Semitic Incidents Surged in 2012. The Associated Press reports a 30% jump in anti-Semitic violence last year. 30%! Ranging from killings at a Jewish school in France, to desecration of cemeteries, these incidents occurred in 34 countries around the world. What is this? What stands behind this ancient, fierce hatred? Why is this a constant and why does it get worse? I don't have answers, you probably don't either.
Tonight I will light a memorial candle for the millions who were murdered and for the children and grandchildren they never had. I will light a candle for my father.