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Today is #InternationalHolocaustRemembranceDay, the day in 1945 the Allies liberated Auschwitz/Bikenau. And friends, to truly #Remember & #NeverForget, we must face the trauma of our past and identify the violent echoes of the Nazis wherever and whenever it rises again. May the memory of the 6 million be for a fierce blessing for the world through our actions.
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“Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” - George Orwell
We are not ignorant enough to believe that Amalek has ceased to exist. But it is our deepest prayer that as long as we remember, as long as we continue to call out the events of this dark day for what they are, then the bigotry of Amalek will return to the sewers of society, where it belongs. #RememberAndDoNotForget
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I just recited the letter and am in tears from the profundity of Dr. King's prophetic expression, the depths to which humanity was and remains willing to fall, and the sense that God's Hopes are alive in this text. I'm so overwhelmed. And so grateful. And I feel even more ready than I was before to pursue justice with everything I've got.
Jan 16, 2021
I ask us consider using other words, like "attack" or "assault." Storming the Bastille was an act of liberation and led to a holiday. Storming the beaches of Normandy helped turn the tide in WWII for the allies. The assault on Washington, DC on January 6, 2021 was not noble. It was sedition. It was terrorism. It was hate incarnate.
Jan 15, 2021
You must hear this. It's horrifying. We must hear it. “The other option was to try to appeal to their humanity . I remember yelling out that I have kids...” -DC officer nearly killed at Capitol
Take the time and listen to this. Now. https://t.co/tBOaqZ2snr— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sifill_LDF) January 15, 2021
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Israeli Singer Ninet Tayeb performs "I have no other country", by Ehud Manor, at Rabin Square, Tel Aviv.
Remember and Do Not Forget: Rabbinic Testimonies of January 6, 2021: A Horrific Day in American History
Jesse Olitzky, who shared in the editing of this project, and to my mentor, Ruth Messinger, for offering a prophetic foreword to the book.To the contributors, may your words reach every corner of Heaven and Earth. May our fragile nation do better.
May God bless the United States with justice, and with peace.
Book link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08STPFM83
Table of Contents: https://tinyurl.com/Jan6bookTOC
Contributor bios: https://tinyurl.com/Jan6bookAuthors
From the introduction:
"We will forever remember the events of January 6, 2021. We also understand that, just like Torah, there is power in collective memory. This is especially true considering that we may remember the events of this day differently, each of us reflecting on it using our own eyes, hearts – and our unique choices of words.
Was the attack on the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021 a riot? A coup? Insurrection? Domestic terrorism? A protest? Words matter, and how we remember is shaped by the words we use. As the great essayist and thinker George Orwell once observed: “Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” We have done our best to collect diverse rabbinic testimonies from an indescribable moment of American history with a commitment to remember and a promise to not forget. We will not be defined by the threats of white supremacists and the acts of domestic terrorists. But they undoubtedly shape us and shape our view of the world.
We are not ignorant enough to think that bigotry did not exist before the Trump era nor would we be so foolish as to suggest that it will cease once that era is over. But we had thought that American society was in collective agreement that bigotry belonged in the sewers and gutters of society. But when the President amplified such bigotry in 240-characters at a time on his Twitter feed for four years straight, and worse yet, successfully used that bigotry to influence his supporters, he gave them permission to proudly and loudly -- and violently -- express such hateful bigotry for the world to see and incite violence. We are not ignorant enough to believe that Amalek has ceased to exist.
But it is our deepest prayer that as long as we remember, as long as we continue to call out the events of this dark day for what they are, then the bigotry of Amalek will return to the sewers of society, where it belongs."
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Friends, you have it in you to be strong, to love your neighbor as yourself, to demand and bring a better future for the sakes of all our children. Yesterday was horrific. Let's make tomorrow much, much better. And listen to today's Torah learning - and then sing with me. The times they are a changing. They must.
Jan 6, 2021
In this week's Parsha, Exodus/Shemot, we are challenged to live a life of "piety and protest," the title of an important book by SENATOR-ELECT Reverend Raphael Warnock! We must remember that ending oppression means seeing my freedom as bound up in yours. #lovethyneighbor #buildonlove
Jan 5, 2021
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