Each year, there are two days when we pause to remember the Holocaust. International Holocaust Remembrance Day takes place every year on January 27. Also, since its inception in 1951, Yom HaShoah, Hebrew for “Day of the Catastrophe,” takes place on the 27th of Nisan in Israel. At 10:00 AM Israel time, everything comes to a stop as a siren is heard all across the country. Motorists literally stop in the middle of the road and observe two minutes of silence. It is both eerie and poignant.
This year more than ever, we need to remember what took place in Nazi Germany almost seventy-five years ago:
On these two days of Holocaust remembrance, wherever we are, I would encourage us all to take a pause in our busy day to pray for the remaining family members of the six million and remember the victims. We should also pray for the families of those who lost loved ones in the Pittsburgh and San Diego synagogue shootings. It is astounding to think that If we were to observe one minute of silence for each of the victims of the Holocaust, it would not make a sound for more than eleven consecutive years!
We can all spend two minutes remembering the Holocaust, but we should also spend the rest of the year fighting those who try to undermine it, ridicule it, or erase it from history! The future of many Jewish people could depend on our involvement!
 Julie Zauzmer, “Holocaust Study: Two-Thirds of Millennials Don’t Know What Auschwitz Is,” The Washington Post, accessed May 2, 2019, https://wapo.st/2qrblgJ?tid=ss_mail&utm_term=.57fc9b5f501c