Monday, April 16, 2007

Counting the Omer Day 13 - 1 week, 6 days

Today is Yesod she b'Gevurah - a day of foundation in a week of strength.

Although I wrote yesterday that it was Yom HaShoah, that was just a day of many commemorations marking the day. Today is the official Yom HaShoah date.

In case there is any doubt that we need to keep up this remembrance, read this article from BBC News. It seems that some schools in the UK, "avoid teaching the Holocaust and other controversial history subjects as they do not want to cause offence" according to a report from the government-funded Historical Association. The report states, "Teachers and schools avoid emotive and controversial history for a variety of reasons, some of which are well-intentioned." Along with the Holocaust, topics not taught for these reasons include the Crusades and the slave trade.

Without going on a long tirade on this, I will just quote philosopher George Santayana:

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

We need to insure that this horrific event from our past is never repeated in anyone's future.

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