Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Inconceivable and Incomprehensible

היום שנים עשר שהם שבוע אחד וחמשה ימים לעומר
Today is twelve days, which is one week and five days of the omer
הוד שבגבורה
A day of humility in a week of strength

In teaching Shoah to 7th and 8th graders this year, there are certain phrases I used over and over--needing them to sink in even if there wasn't total understanding. But that will come with age, and hopefully it will then come together for them.

Inconceivable and Incomprehensible
There's an convergence of evil needed to make this happen.....and yet, it did happen. As unbelievable as it did happen. And we need be aware so it doesn't happen to anyone again.

There are 6 million Jews in the US
What if we all disappeared....that's the enormity of what happened

Why is it so important for the survivors to share their remembrances, tell their stories
There is no one answer--this is more complex. But the discussion gets the minds working, with deeper connections made to the testimonies.

Today, I added Why is it important for us to remember
Again, a more complex answer. I guess, for part of the answer, I can say "All of the Above"

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