unfathomable notion of six million deaths. Many Jewish schools also hold Holocaust-related educational programs on, or around, Yom HaShoah.
Also during this day, tens of thousands of Israeli high-school students, and thousands of Jews and non-Jews from around the world, hold a memorial service in Auschwitz, inwhat has become known as "The March of the Living," in defiance of the Holocaust Death Marches. This event is endorsed and subsidized by the Israeli Ministry of Education and the Holocaust Claims Conference, and is considered an important part of the school curriculum
a culmination of several months of studies on World War II and the Holocaust.
Yom HaShoah has not yet achieved a level of religious importance that, for instance,Passover, Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur have found for themselves. However, thesenotable dates refer to occurrences that took place thousands of years in the past. YomHaShoah memorializes an event that took place less than 75 years ago. The Holocaust,no doubt, will find its way into yearly religious observance as time moves ahead.
If I’m right about that, the Germans will take
on the role that the Egyptians hold in the
Passover Seder. Sorry! But that’s the way I see it.
OBAMA IN ISRAEL
Prior to Pres. Obama’s trip to Israel the media had set the bar very low for any
expectations of success. Most thought that the mission would not have any meaningful
outcome. He was not going to the Middle East with any new “peace plan” and that the
entire undertaking would only be perfunctory with not terribly important visits to PrimeMinister Netanyahu and Palestinian President Abbas. They were wrong! As it turnedout, quite a few important results emanated.First and foremost was his ability to get P.M. Netanyahu to call Turkish P.M. Erdoganand participate in a three-way discussion. The result is described in an
newsrelease. It noted
―During the phone call, Netanyahu and Erdogan agreed to normalize
relations, including returning their ambassadors to their respective posts in Israel and Turkey. And Turkey announced that it would cancel legal action against Israeli soldiers.
ade it clear that the tragic results regarding the Mavi Marmara were
unintentional and that Israel expresses regret over injuries and loss of life,‖ according toa statement from his office. He ―apologized to the Turkish people for any errors that
ve led to loss of life and agreed to complete the agreement on compensation.‖
Erdogan, in his statement, called ―regrettable‖ the recent deterioration in relationsbetween Turkey and Israel, and ―accepted the apology.‖
Tensions between the two countries escalated after Israeli commandos, in May 2010,stopped and boarded the Mavi Marmara, a Turkish vessel that was attempting to break the internationally-sanctioned Israeli naval blockade of Hamas-ruled Gaza.