On this holocaust remembrance day

On this Holocaust remembrance day, we remember the past and look forward to the future.

The best way to respect the legacy of millions of the innocent people who were killed for their race, is to ensure that it never happens again.

What can you and I do?

First and foremost, we must fight racism. There is no difference between those who blame all the world’s problems on Jews or Muslims or other religions. Next time someone says something like this, think about challenging them with facts. Nothing like standing up to a racist bigot with facts.

We must also help the refugees among us. There are millions of refugees around the world who are fleeing persecution. Here in Israel we have refugees fleeing the Eritrean regime, which is one of the world’s most oppressive. Some have even called it the North Korea of Africa. To me, helping them is upholding and sanctifying the memory of the fallen of the holocaust.

Next time you see a refugee, just think what they have left behind. Think about not being able to see your family or going back to your country – ever again! Thats how they feel every day..

I enclose with this “rare and moving footage dated to April 20th 1945, inmates at Bergen Belsen Concentration Camp sing the anthem of hope Hatikva.”

Israel is the symbol of the realization of our hope at the most desperate hour in the modern history of the Jewish people. My generation will make sure that we will not lose her again. The previous generation had to do this through war, we will have to do it through peace.

Never lose hope.

Ladies and gentlemen, our national anthem, the Haitkvah (hope).

Goodbye, My Dear Rabbi

Rabbi Menachem Froman. May he rest in peace.

Today Rabbi Menachem Froman died, aged 68.

He was a leading advocate of peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

For years he lived and taught at the settlement of Tekoa, where he became one of the leading voices among settler rabbis for peace.

I never met Rabbi Froman, but I wish I had.

The first time I heard about him was when I was watching a video clip about his visit to a Palestinian village after a Mosque had been attacked by terrorists in late 2011. I have posted it below.

I was moved by his anger against the terrorists, as well as his sympathy for the victims.

I can just about imagine how I would have felt if my synagogue in Tehran had been attacked by terrorists. How sickened and angry I would feel to pick up burned piece of prayer books, to look at burned out walls and to read insults against holy Jewish prophets sprayed on the walls. And how I would have wanted a local Muslim religious leader to come and show sympathy to my community while condemning the terrorists. This is how all minorities want to be treated. When they are targets of terrorism because of their race and religion, they want to feel a sense of solidarity with the majority. They want to feel that they are not alone.

Well today I belong to the majority and Rabbi Froman’s words in Qusra against the terrorists and his solidarity with the Palestinian minority exemplifies the values which I was taught as a human being and as a Jew.

The video and his words still move me.

Rest in Peace, Rabbi Froman.