Last night on the eve of Holocuast Remberance Day I decided instead of attending the always moving and important ceremony in our community, to volunteer for ambulance duty in Jerusalem. I wanted to actively be able to try and save precious lives. It was as usual a very busy shift and we were able to assist in many emergencies and help people.
The very fact that we are here and in my family B"H three generations is not something that we take for granted. The privilege that we have to live here , serve and fight here, protect our Land and help others is an enormous blessing.
We have so much to be grateful for and never to forget what was done to our families only because they were Jewish. Today we witness the same hatred for the same reasons from groups all over the world. The heads of the Palestinian Authority on their offical sites not only continue to call to murder us and bless terrorists murderers of our loved ones as martyrs and heroes, they continue to deny the Holocaust.
To me it is pathetic that it is even referred to that as it is quoted in Palestinian Media Watch:
This evening is Israel's annual Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day. Sadly, the Palestinian Authority continues to demonize Israel, libeling it as behaving like the Nazis in its treatment of Palestinians. In op-eds that appeared recently in the official PA daily, Israel was accused of "enthusiastically imitat[ing] everything the Nazis did to them" and Zionism was said to be based on "racism," "arrogance" and the "Masada Complex." One article also stated that Israel built its security fence not in response to Palestinian terror attacks, but because of Israel's "Jewish ghetto worldview."
All of this while the President Obama collectively blames Israel and the PA for not succeeding in "making progress and painful concessions for peace".
During the hectic efforts we were making to bring amublances into Yesha and establish the Immediate Response Teams for the security of the communities of Yehudah, Shomron, the Jordan Valley and Gush Katif a lovely wonderful woman and her family were introduced into not only my life (since that day we are more than friends - more like family) but in the life, security, and help for Israel, Gro Hansen Wenske and her husband Bruno.
Gros' late father z"l Pere Faye-Hansen was a Righteous Gentile who not only fought the Nazis but saved many of our people at great risk of himself, his wife and two small daughters. He was very attached to the Bible and our history in our Land, as both Gro and Bruno are. We are blessed with this wonderful family, who not only help us but actively tell the truth about the situation and Yesha in Europe to thousands of people who otherwise would only hear the selective news as it is told and not the facts.
There is no possible way to thank these wonderful people who continously give of themselves, their time, efforts and love for our Torah, our Land and people unconditionally.
This brings me back to last night and basically the way we all must live because merely remembering is not enough. We must give of ourselves, our love, time and efforts in every way possible to remember our families who were hunted down, and brutally murdered because we are Jewish and remember by doing our best to ensure that this will never ever happen again.
To quote my maternal grand-father Mordechai z"l who was from Lita,(most of the Jewish community did not survive but were murdered in Aushweitz) "not only did they murder us- they erased any trace of us ever being- the Talmud Torah, the synagogues, the cemetaries- any trace of the Jewish life that was there". To see this wonderfully strong man weep made me even as a small girl make a vow to myself- to do all that I can so that this will never happen again. Because merely remembering is not enough.