A few weeks ago, our son Yoav returned from his class trip to Poland. All the parents were invited to greet the boys for a special ceremony at 4am. Perhaps due to the lack of sleep, or perhaps due to stress in arriving to the ceremony–there wasn’t any traffic at that time of day, but we encountered many difficult moments getting there including being detained by police due to car accident ahead of us–for a brief moment, I had the feeling that he, himself was saved from the Nazis in Poland. Looking around, I was so grateful and relieved to be standing with Yoav, his friends, and teachers at the Western Wall in the State of Israel. The boys were wearing Israeli flags over their shoulders. I said to Yoav that it was such a nice idea to bring all these flags to the Wall. But they
hadn’t just brought them to Jerusalem. They wore them all the way through their visits to death camps in Poland. I know that many groups do this, but the idea never fully registered until that moment. There is something so powerful about that image that I haven’t been able to let it go for weeks.I am so inspired by the flight of Israeli fighter planes that flew over Aushwitz in 2003. Take a moment to watch them, and hear their words as they fly over the camp: “We the pilots of the Israeli airforce flying in the skies above the camp of horrors, arose from the ashes of the millions of victims and shoulder their silent cries, salute their courage and promise to be the shield of the Jewish People and it’s nation Israel.” We must never forget what happened. And we must never forget to be grateful for the protection the State of Israel offers Israelis and Jews around the world.
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