By: Rabbi Daniel Freelander
Psalms Chapter 102
A Prayer of the afflicted, when he fainteth, and poureth out his complaint before the Eternal.
O God, hear my prayer, and let my cry come unto Thee.
Hide not Thy face from me in the day of my distress; incline Thine ear unto me; in the day when I call answer me speedily.
For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as a hearth.
On Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day 2015 (Yom HaShoah), the entire Jewish community mourns the tragic loss of life, the genocide that occurred during World War II, which resulted in the death of an estimated six million Jews.
The personal tragedies and unimaginable suffering of those who perished are a searing reminder of man’s capacity for evil as well as indifference to evil.
Indeed, the solemn occasion is typically marked with ceremonies that emphasize the importance of remembering the atrocity and the power of passing on the memories of survivors and their descendants to future generations.