January 27, 2008

Holocaust Memorial Day

I could post a lot on this. I've been reading the news ...

I've gotta go to our small group get together, but just wanted to say I'm remembering the Holocaust. It's a memorial that's a hard one - how to commemorate?

Today in the news - Kenya's looking like Rwanda, then there's Gaza, Nigeria, the Congo ...

In looking closer, now that I have the time, I was questioning this date, thinking this memorial is actually in the Spring, and it is. For some reason the UK has chosen January 27th as the revolving date and they use the week in schools and whatever to educate and remember - like with a play on the story of Anne Frank ...

The actual Jewish commemoration, Yom HaShoah, is on Nissan 27. Since it falls on a Friday this year, the actual Holocaust remembrance day will be May 1. The remembrance question? Sometimes it seems that evil triumphs, and why does God sometimes seem silent and absent? Has God forgotten us? Do the nations ask, "Where is their God?" Is there a God? We must never forget who we are and that we are in Gods hands.

Normally the Jewish Festival of Purim is soon on the calendar, but this year is the Jewish leap year too. They add an extra month, Adar I, every nineteen years. So Purim will be on March 21. The first Purim was to be a Jewish Holocaust, but there was a Redeemer in Esther.
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