When anti-Semitism is rising reaching heights we have never seen before, a call to cancel the Holocaust Memorial Day was echoed on campuses all over Europe. In the US, there are campus protests to boycott Israel, and the BDS organization is becoming increasingly more legitimate in the eyes of many. It may be time to begin asking ourselves how to prevent a second Holocaust.
I was born in 1946, about a year after WWII, in the region of Vitebsk where many Jews were killed. The atrocities our people had undergone were burned into my memory since I was a child and have been part of my life. For me, the Holocaust Remembrance Day is not just a national memorial day for a tragic event that took place in the past, but a warning sign of what might happen, especially if we consider the hatred that the nations of the world feel toward us.
It is a common mistake to believe that the hatred for the Jews was born in Nazi Germany seven decades ago. It is actually a phenomenon that is more than 3,000 years old. According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, the root for the deep hatred is at the gathering at Mt. Sinai, a special event where the feeling of hatred was revealed among the nation of Israel (the word “Sinai” stems from the root “Sina – hatred” in Hebrew), on top of which they managed to rise and unite as one man in one heart through the method of connection, the Torah.
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